B’ Tower is a mixed retail and residential project completed by Wiel Arets Architects.
It is located in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and was completed in 2013.
B’ Tower by Wiel Arets Architects:
“The B’ Tower, situated in the center of Rotterdam, is composed of three distinct volumes of retail and residential system, and is a contiguous extension of Marcel Breuer’s 1955 ‘Bijkenkorf’ department retailer. Standing at a height of 70 m (230 ft), its plinth encompasses retail while its subsequent volumes are composed of 54 studios and 24 apartments, respectively. The city of Rotterdam mandated in the mid-1990s that a portion of newly constructed structures in its center incorporate housing intrinsically, the B’ Tower is 1 of the initial of these buildings, looking for to impart and sustain an urban vibrancy within this swiftly restructuring district.
Adjacently sited to a pedestrian promenade, the tower’s retail and lobby are accessed by foot, although its residential program offers added entry alternatives for vehicles and bicyclists. Specially designated elevators enable this automobile entry, which rise 4 stories to an elevated park that offers direct entry to the building’s core. This two-story and 64 room vehicle park makes it possible for for views onto the city’s surroundings past a ribbon of transparent glazing, disclosing the 1st of a lot of cinematographic experiential sequences within this hybrid tower.
Foreseeing a feasible long term conversion of use, the tower was developed so as to let for the transformation of its residential units, which currently perform as brief keep apartments, into cooperative housing. The ground floor retail area is multi-storied in height, exposing itself to the adjacent pedestrian promenade, and columns inside of every single corner of the tower permit for totally flush glazing. The upper storied residential volumes function generously sized balconies, every admeasuring 4.8 x 2.1 m (15.7 x 6.9 ft), providing the tower’s residents with outside enjoyment space able to accommodate a 6-man or woman dinner celebration table.
A collectively balanced heating and cooling system is embedded inside of each and every floor slab, with each other with electrical and IT solutions, regulating the movement of ventilation to and from the tower at all times. Vitality for heating is circulated throughout each slab by way of the area’s central ‘district heating’ technique, while cooling is collectively designed inside of a central gadget prior to its distribution. This holistic strategy to the interior climate allowed for the seamless integration of the heating, cooling, electrical, and IT components, which service the tower’s environmental needs without having dictating its layout. Capping each the roof of the elongated retail space and the prime of the tower are places of green vegetation.
Interior living spaces are outfitted with kitchens created by WAA in collaboration with Alessi and Valcucine, with most remaining residential furnishings created by WAA in collaboration with Lensvelt. All bathrooms are equipped with the WAA Il Bagno dOt bathroom series fixtures, which are created by Alessi, Laufen, and Oras. Exclusive to the uppermost and cantilevered volume’s residences are façade facing bathrooms, allowing one particular to soak in an oversized bathtub while overlooking the skyline of Rotterdam under and beyond.”
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