The De Rotterdam Building is a skyscraper located at Wilhelmina Pier in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. It is a 44-floor building provides office spaces and hotel as well as apartments. It is located in a complex that also includes the Rotterdam Cruise Terminal and the KPN Tower. It covers a total area of 160,000 square meters, making it the largest building in Europe.
De Rotterdam Building History
A plan for the building was initiated when the municipality committed to rent out 25,000 square meters of office space. Construction started in 2009 based on a design provided by noted Dutch architect Rem Koolhass who created the design in 1998. The building was topped off by the end of 2012. It was eventually opened in November of 2013.
De Rotterdam Features
The De Rotterdam Building design consists of three interconnected towers placed on a common base that stands 30 feet high and contains six floors. The towers are known as West Tower, Mid Tower and East Tower. Midway between the towers move a few meters in different directions. This unique design feature allows for better wind stability and provides the space for terraces for the tower.
The De Rotterdam Building stands 149.1 meters or 489.2 feet tall. It has a total of 44 floors with the spaces intended for offices, a 285-room hotel and 240 apartments. There are 1,500 square meters occupied by cafes and restaurants and 5,000 square meters for shops. The De Rotterdam occupies a total floor area of 160,000 square meters, with about 5,000 people using the building on a daily basis. The building is considered to be one of the most densely populated constructed building in the Netherlands.