MVRDV win competition for 50,000 m² mixed-use building Weenapoint in Rotterdam Central District

MVRDV win competition for 50,000 m² mixed-use building Weenapoint in Rotterdam Central District

MVRDV has been selected by Maarsen Groep for a new 50,000 m2 mixed-use tower complex marking the third phase of the Weenapoint development in Rotterdam’s Central District.  The complex will consist of approximately 17,000 m2 of offices, a transparent commercial plinth and between 200 to 300 apartments. Completion is set for mid-2022.

In the coming years, Maarsen Groep will develop a mixed office, residential and commercial program as the third phase of the transformation of the former Weenapoint complex in Rotterdam Central District. MVRDV were selected as architects after a design competition for this inner-city development. 

The Weenapoint complex has been transformed by Maarsen Groep in phases in recent years. The realization of new offices of Nauta Dutilh and Robeco in FIRST Rotterdam marked the first phase of transformation completed in 2016. The redevelopment of Weena 750 to Premier Suites & Offices, the refurbishment of the courtyard and renovation of the monumental dome building were completed in 2017. In the third phase, the existing building on Kruisplein will be replaced by an MVRDV design proposal for an urban program of approximately 50,000 m2 with international allure. The location is directly opposite Rotterdam Central Station.

"Weenapoint is an inner city location with a high density right across the train station. Our design adds a simple but strong character to the city entrance of Rotterdam. We have opted for an architectural design that refers to the reconstruction period and compliments existing buildings such as Groothandelsgebouw and FIRST", says Jacob van Rijs, co-founder of MVRDV. Special attention is given to the plinth: "The ground floor and first floors have an open transparent character and will make Kruisplein once again a lively part of the city."

In addition to a precise urban integration, MVRDV also devoted a great deal of attention to the high sustainability ambition of the client. The different program components all have their own volume and position, giving the complex a clear expression. The design provides high-quality office spaces along Kruisplein, with transparent plinth housing shops and restaurants clearly characterized by large-framed glass windows. On top of this, two towers guide the city entrance.

“With the selection of MVRDV, we choose a powerful and clear design that blends very well in the surrounding. In the plan, each function has its own distinct and recognizable appearance, which we see as a great quality. An exciting design and a contemporary translation of Rotterdam modernism which will complete Weenapoint’s transformation”, says Monique Maarsen, Managing Director, Maarsen Groep. 

By making recesses in both towers, the design meets urban design requirements for sunning public space. The new towers of Weenapoint phase 3 have 'sun cuts' at different heights that provide extra sunlight at street level. An important link in the design is the covered square in the heart of the building that connects the green courtyard of Weenapoint and the street.