Little C, Rotterdam
Like the missing piece in a puzzle, Little C stitches Rotterdam’s various urban districts together. A high density program of living and working has been realized at this strategic location. Small streets and squares, a pedestrian bridge, and a newly constructed park along the water provide an added sense of cohesion and continuity. Despite its potential (its close proximity to the city center, Erasmus MC and the Coolhaven), this part of the city was previously inhospitable.
Together the 15 buildings form a family; relating to each other through their rich brick detailing, but at the same time standing out with their own distinct character. They are bound together by a series of walkways boasting custom-designed steel details (by Ruud-Jan Kokke) that contribute to the neighbourhood’s strong atmosphere. Here, ‘The Village’ in New York can be clearly read as its source of inspiration: Little C is a compact village with a metropolitan character.
Three robust buildings shield the neighbourhood to the rear of the site, allowing for the quieter inner spaces to find their place in the middle. Elsewhere, the lower buildings are set closer together, organizing themselves around multiple plazas. The eloquent transition between interior and exterior spaces is accentuated by the natural stone plinths raised above the pavement, shifts in the massing, arcades, canopies and steps. Plentiful greenery at ground level, along the facades, and up on the roof terraces acts as a beautiful counterpart to the stone and concrete architecture.
- TBI-ondernemingen ERA Contour and J.P. van Eesteren
- Gross floor area
- 320 lofts and apartments, 209 free sector rental apartments
- Bert van Breugel, Marc Smolders, Kevin Battarbee, Martijn Meeuws, Joost van den Berg