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Maashavensilo Rotterdam

Maashavensilo Rotterdam

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This book shows the essen ti al features of the work of students who were given a
theoretical assignment to bring new Iife to the 'Maashavensilo' as a new urban
junction in the harbour of Rotterdam. A rather complex task to fullfill. Why have we
chosen it?
First of all the area in which the Maashavensilo is located is a very dynamic one; close
to the harbour, traftic ways, an underground station and with new urban development
in the area.
In this area of rapid change this characteristic building (piece de resistance) has a
key-position.
The original function of the building, the storage and handling of grain, has resulted
in a design of the present building very fixed and tight in the technical stmcture. The
architectural features of the building are very characteristic: a highrise building in an
interesting composition of concrete volumes; in terms of transition it is actually a very
'slow' building in a fast transforming area.
The programme for new use is challenging. Actually it has his roots in the need
of new and inspiring Iife in the urban web in this part of Rotterdam which has
developed strongly during the past decade and will develop further in nearby future.
The programme shows an interesting variety of 'urban' functions: Discotheque
NOW&WOW, a safe prostitute area, medical- sports- and cultural institutions.
Actually this programme means that a strong view has to be implemented in this
location on both building and site: an architectural intervention in this dense concrete
structure. This means much more than an 'infill' in the existing building envelope; a
thorough attitude is asked for, also or even especially conceming the site.
In the process of analysing and designing during the past half year, much attent ion
has been paid to methodology. The re-use and redesign of our built environment is 5
the new challenging task for the coming decades. This difficult and architectural task
has to be taken very seriously and has to be understood in terms of both research and
design. It is very important that the designer selects the right themes from historical
analysis and from the task which has to be fullfilled.
On the basis of these themes, scenarios, metaphors and mode Is are established and
eventually chosen. This besides the architectural values that have to be involved as
genius loci, resistance, imperfection, patina etc. Or, stemming from the programma,
themes like connections, routing, order and disorder etc.
It is very important that the students act in the awareness of chosen themes which are
'behind' programme and history: dealing in this respect with meanings rather than
facts, dealing with possibilities and potencies rather than limitations.
The design has to be 'on the spot', in the sense th at it depicts the essence ofhistorical
presence and will aim to be an adequate translation of the desired programme.
The different designs shown to us in the competition and exhibition by the three
universities, show a great diversity of visions and plans for this site. I hope the
reflection of them in this book will be of much interest to you.
Ass. Prof. Job Roos
This book shows the essen ti al features of the work of students who were given a
theoretical assignment to bring new Iife to the 'Maashavensilo' as a new urban
junction in the harbour of Rotterdam. A rather complex task to fullfill. Why have we
chosen it?
First of all the area in which the Maashavensilo is located is a very dynamic one; close
to the harbour, traftic ways, an underground station and with new urban development
in the area.
In this area of rapid change this characteristic building (piece de resistance) has a
key-position.
The original function of the building, the storage and handling of grain, has resulted
in a design of the present building very fixed and tight in the technical stmcture. The
architectural features of the building are very characteristic: a highrise building in an
interesting composition of concrete volumes; in terms of transition it is actually a very
'slow' building in a fast transforming area.
The programme for new use is challenging. Actually it has his roots in the need
of new and inspiring Iife in the urban web in this part of Rotterdam which has
developed strongly during the past decade and will develop further in nearby future.
The programme shows an interesting variety of 'urban' functions: Discotheque
NOW&WOW, a safe prostitute area, medical- sports- and cultural institutions.
Actually this programme means that a strong view has to be implemented in this
location on both building and site: an architectural intervention in this dense concrete
structure. This means much more than an 'infill' in the existing building envelope; a
thorough attitude is asked for, also or even especially conceming the site.
In the process of analysing and designing during the past half year, much attent ion
has been paid to methodology. The re-use and redesign of our built environment is 5
the new challenging task for the coming decades. This difficult and architectural task
has to be taken very seriously and has to be understood in terms of both research and
design. It is very important that the designer selects the right themes from historical
analysis and from the task which has to be fullfilled.
On the basis of these themes, scenarios, metaphors and mode Is are established and
eventually chosen. This besides the architectural values that have to be involved as
genius loci, resistance, imperfection, patina etc. Or, stemming from the programma,
themes like connections, routing, order and disorder etc.
It is very important that the students act in the awareness of chosen themes which are
'behind' programme and history: dealing in this respect with meanings rather than
facts, dealing with possibilities and potencies rather than limitations.
The design has to be 'on the spot', in the sense th at it depicts the essence ofhistorical
presence and will aim to be an adequate translation of the desired programme.
The different designs shown to us in the competition and exhibition by the three
universities, show a great diversity of visions and plans for this site. I hope the
reflection of them in this book will be of much interest to you.
Ass. Prof. Job Roos

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04/07/2013

 
Publication OfficeFaculty of ArchitectureDelft University
of
Technology
Maashavensilo
a
new
urban
junction
 
ISBN 98-5269-320-X
©2004
Architecture: Renovation, Restoration
Publisher:
Publications OfficeFaculty
of
ArchitectureDelft University
of
TechnologyBerlageweg12628 CR DelftThe Netherlands
Illustrations cover:
Kraankop by Huib Nederhof:exposition Graansilo: De Toverdoos van Rotterdam
Editor:
J.
Roos(assoc.Prof.)
Editorial assistance:
ir.
S.Leemans
General assistance:
C.R.M. Appelo
Production, design and lay-out:
C.R.M.Appelo
J.
TangelderB.de Beer
lIIustrations TU-Delft:
Photografische Dienst Bouwkunde

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