For the head office of Vopak and the offices and apartments in adjacent Westerlaantoren in Rotterdam’s Scheepvaartkwartier, we designed a pleasant and attractive, fully underground car park. This used to be the location of a spacious terminus loop for trams, the disappearance of which left urban developers not knowing what to do with the site. With the construction of the three-storey car park, Westerlaan will be straightened again and the magnificent park enlarged, giving it a spacious exit towards the river. As the Euromast Park is a National Monument, the landscape had to be treated with great respect and the plans prepared and reviewed meticulously.
Above ground, the entrance and exit are partially covered so that they merge seamlessly with the rolling landscape. Three small opal glass entrance buildings, as stand-alone sculptures, mark the entrances. With their subtle, rounded forms (the glass was "cold bent", i.e. flat sheets shaped in situ), the pavilions merge naturally into the surrounding park landscape.