Lumière is an ambitious vision for a 200m tower with a publicly connected and locally integrated plinth with over 400 apartments and commercial facilities in central Rotterdam. Positioned between a great diversity of city axes with variations in height and program, the plinth fans out to connect to the surroundings. It provides access to the semi-public interior spaces while keeping the protected buildings of the Lijnbaan ensemble intact. After slight setbacks in the volume, the tower rises from the base. The sleek facade grid includes recessed balconies for all apartments, spanning their full width. Lumière provides a qualitative impulse by combining housing, shopping, working and recreation. Commercial functions and facilities occupy the ground floor, along with a large atrium at the foot of the tower that gives entrance to the hotel and apartments. The inner court will be transformed into a working environment with offices and other amenities, with green terraces running along the courtyard and up the tower via the setbacks.