De Karel Doorman consists of the renovation of a shopping building: Ter Meulen and an added residential building. This was an unusual project as the new building literally rests on the columns and foundations of the existing structure.
The Ter Meulen building has a special place in the hearts of the inhabitants of Rotterdam. It was constructed in 1948 as a shopping centre and designed by Van den Broek and Bakema. With its extensive glazed facades the building was remarkable in its time for its transparent appearance. The building was partly demolished and redeveloped in the 1970s and 80s, including the addition of two shopping floors. Ibelings van Tilburg architecten proposed not to demolish the building, but to restore the Ter Meulen building to its original condition and build apartments on the top of existing building.