Boompjes 60-68

Boompjes, Rotterdam, Nederland

Boompjes 60–68 is a site on the busy central ring road in Rotterdam, which runs along a dike between the River Maas and the Scheepmakershaven. The site contains two residential towers of 70 and 100 meters in height. They make up one of nine recent high-rise projects that are transforming this area into a varied and densely developed city district.

VOLUME COMPOSITION – The initial proposal for the site was one elongated building featuring a single vertical accent. From the seventh floor upward, the building was almost twice as deep, thereby preventing a lot of daylight from reaching the floors below. Instead of this design, the volume has been split into two towers. One powerful argument in favor of this change is that more corner apartments could be created, and thus more residential quality. Moreover, allowing the towers to increase in depth and incrementally decrease in width results in a more elegant and lighter composition. Located between the towers are rooftop gardens, the largest of which are for communal use. The detailing of the façades, faced in two shades of champagne-colored aluminum, emphasizes the stacking of the volumes.

TWO QUAYS – The towers are located on the busy S100 central ring road that runs parallel with the River Maas. On this side the building has an acoustically effective façade, and the outdoor spaces are designed as loggias. On the north side lies the quieter Hertekade, a full floor lower than the Boompjes. A public route between the two towers creates an extra connection between the two levels. Positioned at the corners of the lively plinth are split-level shop units with an entrance and transparent façade to both the Boompjes and Hertekade.

FUTURE CITIES – Boompjes 60–68 offers new forms of living and an innovative shared mobility concept. Some of the apartments are designed as “friends’ homes,” which can be shared by two or three friends. These apartments contain two or three bedrooms of equal quality with private bathrooms, and a shared living room and kitchen. All residents can make use of a shared electric car and bike park. Boompjes 60–68 is therefore an example of the future of urban living.