Work on the construction of the Hulstkamphof has started. After one hundred years, the space next to the ‘Hulstkampgebouw’ on the Maaskade in Rotterdam will be filled with two apartment buildings with a total of 28 residences. In the courtyard behind the halls of the Hulstkamp building, preparations are currently underway for the preparation of the construction pit. The old brick cellar and the existing kitchen will be demolished, paving the way for the foundation of the apartment building on Burgemeester Hoffmanstraat in early 2020. Construction of the apartments on the Maaskade is expected to start in the second quarter of 2020.
Various living environments with respect for existing buildings
With precision and care we have worked on a convincing design that respects the existing construction. The cast iron columns from the existing cellars will be disassembled and replaced in the new building, as a reference to the past. The single-layer brick wall on the Maaskade will be retained and is part of the new facade. On top of this will be a four-storey building with one apartment per floor. At the rear, the Burgemeester Hoffmanstraat, the current car park will be replaced by a small-scale residential complex with twenty-four apartments around an inner courtyard. Both buildings contribute to the creation of a diverse residential climate on the Noordereiland and also repair residual spaces in Rotterdam.
Subtle, contemporary and a bit elusive
The character of the Noordereiland, which as a protected cityscape provides a special image from the other side of the Meuse, is reinforced by the new infill. The design reverts to neoclassical windows, but gives it a contemporary character through its detailing and facade. The characteristic façade design is a subtle response to the surrounding buildings with their expressive mix of architectural styles. Beneath the double roof is a solid block of natural stone in which six arch shapes have been designed. The scale of the total volume, the combination of window clusters and innovative processing methods for the natural stone make the facade a timeless, layered sculpture that fits in with the overall configuration and at the same time places itself a little bit elusive in time.
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