De Zalmhaven

Location
Rotterdam, NL
Client
Zalmhaven CV (AM, Amvest)
Initiated
2015
Completion
2021
Size
35.000 sqm
Project Team, Photos & Collaborators
Allard Assies, Sebastiaan Buitenhuis, Cristina Gonzalo Cuairán, Cecilia Dobos, Paolo Faleschini, Marlon Jonkers, Kees Kaan, Wouter Langeveld, Vincent Panhuysen, Dikkie Scipio, Floris Sikkel, Maria Stamati, Jan Teunis ten Kate, Aldo Trim, Yiannis Tsoskounoglou, Niels Vernooij

De Zalmhaven is a mainly residential complex developed by AM & Amvest on a site adjacent to the former port of Zalmhaven, in the centre of Rotterdam. The project consists of approximately 450 high-quality apartments located inside two mid-rise towers (by KAAN Architecten) and a skyscraper (by Dam & Partners). The two mid-rise towers, each 70 metres tall, sprout from a solid plinth with clearly marked entrances. Combining both urban and local scales, the new complex feels stately and formal yet also extremely transparent. A white grid façade relates to the traditional, sober architecture of the shipyard and the grid is furthermore a binding motif that links up the various blocks into a unique whole. The footprint of each tower is a split and shifted square, creating more corners and an interesting range of apartments in differing sizes, all with corner windows offering astounding views. The plinth includes family houses with rooftop gardens and has a direct relationship with the surroundings at ground level.