Rotterdam: Urban rooftop landscape By Gijs Raggers​​

Rotterdam: Urban rooftop landscape

​By Gijs Raggers​​ (EGM architecten​)​

‘Futuristic architecture, inspired initiatives such as inner-city canal surfing, a proliferation of art, and a surge of dining and nightlife venues make Rotterdam one of Europe’s most exhilarating cities right now.’

This quote from Lonely Planet explains why Rotterdam was ranked #5 in the World’s Top Cities 2016.

The WW2 bombing resulted in the only modern city center in The Netherlands. The unique collection of solid modern post-war buildings creates an ideal second Urban Rooftop Landscape for adding additional floor space for contemporary living. In recent years this process already started but the full potential is yet to be discovered.

For decades Rotterdam has been a showcase for progressive architecture. All ingredients are available now to turn this competition into a new successful chapter.

Standardized Solution, Specific Qualities

This entry proposes a new typology based on the specific qualities of wood constructions and the fascinating qualities of the urban rooftop landscape. The concept of a revolving oval creates a spectacular panoramic view and sunny terrace for all apartments. Two apartments per floor - 70 sqm each - are suited for a growing market of young urban professionals in Rotterdam.

The revolving design can be 3, 5 or 8 stories depending on the specific parameters of the individual site. The design is based on a small range of standardized elements creating new homes fast and affordable but also sustainable and comfortable. The prefabricated wooden elements are used to emphasize the unique qualities of the rooftop urban landscape and the beauty of contemporary wood architecture.

City Above the City architecture competition

Plan B : City Above the City architecture competition 

Metsä Wood challenged architects and students around the world to push the boundaries of modern wood building design in the urban environment. Entrants from 40 countries created their Plan B to urbanisation using wood (Kerto® LVL – laminated veneer lumber) as the main material. The task was to design a wooden extension to an existing urban building. The entries were designed to 69 cities worldwide.

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