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De Fabriek Delfshaven, Rotterdam Building

Development on Mathenesserdijk, The Netherlands – design by Mei architecten en stedenbouwers

21 Nov 2013

De Fabriek Delfshaven, Rotterdam

Design: Mei architecten en stedenbouwers

Location: Rotterdam, the Netherlands

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Re-use of a former factory in Delfshaven

De Fabriek Delfshaven Rotterdam
photograph © Jeroen Musch

In the heart of bustling Delfshaven on the banks of the river Schie is an old characteristic industrial complex located which has lost a lot of its luster and vibrancy in the course of the years. The by time grown together agglomeration of characteristic buildings has become in an almost irreversible process of decline by years of vacancy and neglect. The exterior of the former steam laundry has two distinctive faces. On the street side, a series of traditional houses, and on the river Schie-side a factory-look including a big masonry chimney.

De Fabriek Delfshaven Rotterdam
photograph © Jeroen Musch

The narrow collaboration of the involved parties pursued to preserve this monumental complex. The building needed a radical change to become a central place for the creative industries, in which young small businesses and self-employed who have outgrown their living room may establish.

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photographs © Jeroen Musch

The strategic design of Mei is based on the preservation of the still existing aesthetic, cultural, historical and constructive quality, whereas the collapsed and dilapidated areas are replaced by an atrium adding spatial (light, air and space) and programmatic quality. The atrium forms the “heart” of the building as a meeting place for entrepreneurs, including collective elements as lounges, meeting places and pantries.

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photographs © Jeroen Musch

The leveled business units gather around the atrium and make use of the existing characteristic façade openings around which are retained. The additions that are made, such as the steel structure in the atrium, are minimalistic and possess a uniform color palette to maintain the spatial quality. Bronze facades, which fit into the streetscape, reveal the new addition. The atrium is topped by an industrial rooflight to complete the pure renovation of De Fabriek.

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photographs © Jeroen Musch

De Fabriek Delfshaven Rotterdam – Building Information

Projectnaam: De Fabriek Delfshaven, Rotterdam
Locatie: Mathenesserdijk 410, 3026 GG Rotterdam
Programma: 3.560 m2 multifunctional office building
Opdrachtgever: Havensteder and Lingotto
Bouwkosten: 4.000.000,- (excl. BTW)
Korte omschrijving project: Re-use of a former factory in Delfshaven
Definitieve oplevering: 2012

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