Rem Koolhaas

This high-rise building is made up of modules which move back from the street in two peaks of repeated units. The building serves both civic functions (a city hall with municipal services and offices) and residential purposes. OMA sees this design as being versatile since the individual units can be either office or residential spaces. With terraces on upper levels, apartments can also be urban garden residences in the center of the historic city. The building is also the most sustainable in the Netherlands with a climate system using large atriums internally and a triple glazed curtain wall on the exterior.

Minimalist forms

Unlike some earlier works by Koolhaas (see the Seattle Library), this building makes no grand statement and seems essentially formless.

Works Cited or Consulted: Groenendijk, Paul and Piet Vollaard. Architecture Guide to the Netherlands 1900-2000. Rotterdam: Uitgeverij, 2006.
Groenendijk, Paul and Piet Vollaard. Architecture Guide to Rotterdam. Rotterdam: Uitgeverij, 2007.
Groenendijk, Paul and Piet Vollaard. Guide to Contemporary Architecture in the Netherlands. Rotterdam: Uitgeverij, 2004.

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