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Conference Center, Rotterdam

The Provenierswijk bumps up to the Central Station Rotterdam. The space at the backside of the station has a lot of potential, but at the moment it’s undefined space. The atmosphere is dominated by the flows of movement in different layers, at the moment it’s not a place for long time staying. Pedestrians from the central station en from the Provenierswijk have to cross a lot of obstacles on their way.

Introducing a building block to improve the qualities of the provenierswijk. A good ending of the stationssingel (01). Ending of the building block (02). Visual contact with the station and square, the gate to the city center. transition of building hights between city center and provenierswijk.

Introducing a conference center in an urban landscape will be an economic, social and visual improvement to the Provenierswijk. Facilities are attracting residents as well as visitors. The atmosphere of the landscape will be improved, so it is suitable for long time staying. The location near the Central Station is attractive for visitors, there is also good parking facilities. People can use the facilities 24-7, that will also improve the livability and safety.

Not the city penetrates trough the building, but from the interior the choice can be made to explore the provenierswijk. The pedestrian can`t see what is happening inside of the building.

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Arthotel, Rotterdam

The Waterfront of Rotterdam was the most important part of Rotterdam around the 1900s, politically as well as economically. The activities at the Waterfront are no longer there and the city center is now the most important part of Rotterdam. The Waterfront is an undefined space at the moment, but it has lots of potential to become a lively area again. This area is the link between the Maas and the city center. There are plans to create a cultural, tourist and recreational city center of Rotterdam at the Maas, between the Erasmus- and Willemsbridge. These plans are embedded in the ‘Ruimtelijk Plan Rotterdam’.

Rotterdam is a city rich of different kinds of art and culture; theatre, dance, music, film, photo, video, architecture, literature, festivals, museums, exhibitions and performance art.

The qualities of the Waterfront can be exploited by an art hotel, in which artists produce art with the city of Rotterdam as inspiration. The waterfront has a soothing function. It is possible for the artist to retreat here and work in silence. The expositions of the produced art are positive for the city of Rotterdam in many ways:

– a relation between the city center and the waterfront is created
– people are forced to think about the future of the city through the eyes of the different artists
– in a period of ten years the waterfront will be upgraded and new ideas about the possibilities of the waterfront will emerge.

Through the location of the art hotel an attempt is made to exploit the qualities of the waterfront. The building should play a role in the discussion about the future of Rotterdam, this is the reason why the location at the ‘Boompjes’ between the Erasmus bridge and the Willemsbridge has been chosen. The largest contrast can be found at this location between the busy city center and the calm riverside of the Maas, this enhances the concept of the hotel. The main road of the ‘Boompjes’ is not seen as an obstacle, but is being used to reach a large audience, it is possible to show projections on the front for example. The rooms/ workshops are orientated at the Maas, this way the artists can process their impressions and inspirations of the city center in their quiet workshops at the riverside. The road at right angles to the Maas in height of the hotel forms the visual connection between the city and the hotel.

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