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Urban Podium Rotterdam

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Atelier Kempe Thill
location Rotterdam
function pavilion, theatre
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Situated between the gothic Sint Laurenskerk and the Delftsevaart canal, the Grotekerkplein was formed only during the course of the modernist reconstruction of the city center, which was almost entirely destroyed during WW2. Despite its central location the square hardly plays a role in the city life, as no shopping streets connect it to the rest the public spaces, and only a few facilities are oriented towards the square itself. Therefore the idea emerged to activate the square programmatically as well as spatially through the construction of a small theater pavilion, in order to fill the displeasing vacuum within the city fabric. The built theater podium interprets the task at hand consistently and maybe a little surprisingly as a mostly urbanistic operation. The existing situation is taken as a starting point and improved through a targeted and powerful gesture. A 40m long structure forcefully separates square and canal in order to enhance their respective spatial legibility.

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rotterdam, Netherlands 14-Oct-09
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Completion 6- 2009
Floor area/size 200 m2
Cost € 733800,-
ArchitectAtelier Kempe Thill
building costs consultantABT
services engineerABT
structural engineerABT
contractorJ.P. van Eesteren
Client Rotary Club Rotterdam North, ‘Foundation Grotekerkplein’
Project ID 4951
Latitude/Longitude 51°55'16N 04°29'06E
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