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 227 units by KAAN Architecten cover the large parking garage. A public park occupies the former harbour which was closed after the construction of the Erasmus bridge, this park marks the north-west boundaries of the complex. The two shifting towers, each 70m high, sprout from a solid plinth, clearly marking the entrances to the building. Combining both urban and local scales, the complex presents a more stately and formal impression while maintaining extreme transparency. A white grid façade relates to the traditional surroundings and binds the various elements of the block together in a unique and recognisable system.
The shifted plan of the towers provides a wide range of apartments in differing sizes, all with corner windows offering astounding views. The plinth includes family houses with rooftop gardens and relates directly to the surroundings on the ground level.