Las Palmas, graduation WS 2001
Visualization of the interior concept as a part of my graduation in 2001 at the Willem de Kooning Academy.
Rezoning Wilhelmina pier Rotterdam
Campsite for starting designers
In 2001 this outstanding building had been vacant and neglected for years. I had a crush on it for a long time and decided to define a new use for this building. The workshop building used to be a distribution center for marine parts and show a distinctly utilitarian character.
This former warehouse building on Wilhelminakade has been revivified and renovated. Built in 1953 to a design by Van den Broek & Bakema, it spent several decades as a workshop building for the Holland America Line. It is the only surviving witness on Wilhelmina Pier of the period of post-war revolution in building and Rotterdam's rebirth as a city and for that reason is of great cultural-historical and architectural value. A thorough renovation of the existing cladding by Benthem en Crouwel in 2008 has reinstated its original ambience.
The fully restored Las Palmas is a mixed-use building of cultural and commercial ends. It now houses the Nederlands Fotomuseum, a school of new media and a large events hall along with an exclusive fish restaurant and an array of companies. The building has been enlarged with a penthouse housing the headquarters of OVG, a real estate developer.
[ Last paragraph: http://benthemcrouwel.com/projects/las-palmas-rotterdam/ ]