The Westerlaan Cluster is located in the protected urban landscape of the ‘Scheepvaartkwartier’, recalling Rotterdam’s rich history in shipping. The large redevelopment of the building from the mid-sixties resulted in a 70-meter high apartment/office tower, a low-rise office building for the Vopak HQ and a large parking garage underneath the monumental park. Only three small glass entrance pavilions mark the existence of a three-storey underground car park with over 350 parking spaces. While hiding the car park, the tower became an eye-catcher in the Rotterdam skyline after the addition of five new floors and an outside steel structure with balconies. Black and white glazed ceramic elements combined with soft grey-green natural stone were chosen to clad the façades. As a result, the building stands out, while at the same time forming a wonderful combination with the adjacent park.
Country: The Netherlands
Client: Westerlaan CV
Program: Offices, Residential, Underground parking
Pictures: Ossip van Duivenbode & Petra Appelhof & Marcel van Kerckhoven
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