The Lobby – Crystal House
The Lobby is a sustainable transformation of the current commercial venue Crystal House located in central Rotterdam. Although a part of the historic Lijnbaan ensemble, the building is not a protected monument because it was built later. As a part of the ongoing urban regeneration of the surrounding area, this outdated structure is getting a complete overhaul based on transparency, accessibility and a lively program. The new open ground floor serves as an inviting plinth that provides a barrier-free transition between inside and outside. Rising above the street level is a defined new volume clad in natural stone with large windows overlooking the bustling activity of the street and a glass roof pavilion at the very top. High-end retail and catering space are spread throughout The Lobby, culminating in a rooftop restaurant and garden that will offer views over the city for visitors year-round. The modernist redesign of Crystal House gives a nod to the Rotterdam Reconstruction era, yet radiates individuality simultaneously.