De Zalmhaven

Location
Rotterdam, NL
Client
Zalmhaven CV (Am, Amvest)
Initiated
2004
Completion
2018
Size
64.325 sqm
Project Team, Photos & Collaborators
Allard Assies, Sebastiaan Buitenhuis, Cristina Gonzalo Cuairán, Paolo Faleschini, Leo Harders, Martjan den Hoed, Kees Kaan, Wouter Langeveld, Vincent Panhuysen, Lorenzo Pesaresi, Dikkie Scipio, Shy Shavit, Maria Stamati, Yaron Tam, Jan Teunis ten Kate, Aldo Trim, Yiannis Tsoskounoglou, Hagar Zur

The new residential building complex ‘De Zalmhaven’ is developed by AM & Amvest on a site adjacent to the onetime port of Zalmhaven, center of Rotterdam. The project consists of a total of approximately 450 quality apartments located in a skyscraper (designed by Dam & Partners) as well as two mid-rise towers (by KAAN Architecten).

The 220 units by KAAN Architecten are built over a large parking. A public park occupying the former harbour that closed after the construction of the Erasmus bridge, marks the North-West boundaries of the complex.

Two shifted towers of 70m each sprout from a solid plinth, offering astounding views over the river and highlighting the access to the building.
Combining both urban and local scales, the complex presents a more stately and formal façade overlooking the city in the North side, while meandering balconies characterize the South front, introducing a more private and intimate dimension.

A transparent grid façade relates to the traditional surroundings and binds the various elements of the block together in a unique and recognisable system. The towers include a wide range of apartments in different sizes, while the plinth comprises of units with rooftop gardens or directly relating to the surroundings on the ground level.