WORLD'S THINNEST STEEL ROOF
Large budgets and huge amounts of energy are spent on the upgrading of major Dutch railway stations in Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Rotterdam. The efforts at creating quality environments related to public transport should not be limited to the station building itself. Only by paying attention to all public space surrounding the railway hubs, the promise of Transport Oriented Development will be kept alive. Maxwan?s plans for Rotterdam Central District put a lot of emphasis on the quality of that public space.
Next to the train station a new bus station is taking shape. It was assumed that the budget for this was too limited to consider anything but standard bus shelters. Maxwan proposed to the client that even within a small budget, signature canopies could be designed and constructed.
The result is a series of remarkable table-shaped canopies, nicknamed pillow and hammock. Each table consists of a 5 x 10 meter razor-thin roof placed on steel columns in a way that makes waiting for the bus an unexpected experience. The tables, treated with a skin tone finish, are warped, silk-gloss surfaces that conjure up images of suspended cloth and wind-blown sails, despite their weighing 5 tonnes each.
Gemeente Rotterdam, afdeling Stadsontwikkeling
partner in charge
Rients Dijkstra, Hiroki Matsuura
Artur Borejszo, Aleksandar Hrib, Nobuki Ogasahara
ABT bv (Carla Scheffer)
ROTTERDAM – jan '08
Supervision and masterplan for the area around Rotterdam Central Station.
MOSCOW – jan '06
A New Town for 320'000 residents South-West of Moscow
LONDON – jan '09
Urban Master plan and supervision for a new town of 11'000 houses at the river Thames in London
ROTTERDAM – jan '03
Design for an exhibition of Dutch fashion, industrial- and graphics design,
architecture and photography at the NAi
ROTTERDAM – sep '09
Exhibition design turning the NAi building inside-out for the International Architecture Biennal Rotterdam.
OSTRAVA – jun '10
A new cultural centre