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.