Public building with 3 users harbor information, maritime museum workshops, two restaurants
Two-stage competition, 2nd prize
Gemeente Rotterdam (with Maritime Museum Rotterdam, Havenbedrijf Rotterdam)
Erik Feenstra, Olaf Gipser, Charles Hueber, Simona Puglisi, Liang Song
Alferink Van Schieveen (structure), Bureau Veldweg (fire safety), IMD Raadgevende Ingenieurs (structure), ISIS Bouwadvies (construction costs),Peutz (building physics)
This finalist two-stage competition project (2nd prize) is a proposal for a new pavilion in the very center of the City of Rotterdam, at the original site of its historic harbor, the Leeuvehaven. The brief called for a one hundred meter long building that would accommodate three different programs and institutions: an information point for the Port of Rotterdam, two workshops (timber, steel) for the Maritime Museum to carry out maintenance work of the stationary museum fleet, and two restaurant developed for the City of Rotterdam.
The proposal offers a spatially attractive and functionally efficient integration of diverse urban and programmatic demands, resolving the complicated consequences of ground level differences (quay and dike level) within the given building envelope. Unifying element is the constructive roof which in the interior gives architectural expression to the four programmatic clusters through differentiated tectonic and material articulation; alluding to pre-industrial, industrial and post-industrial roofing construction and reflecting the particular temporal simultaneity present of the place. Correspondingly, the façade is a material assemblage distinguishing the clusters and evoking various levels of modernity by varying its detailing (depth, proportions) yet unifying the building into a whole by rhythmic articulation.