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BUILDING
 
 
Schouwburgplein
Theater Square
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DESIGNER
 
 
West 8
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DESCRIPTION
 
West 8 Schouwburgplein RotterdamNowhere else in the world is there a square so relevant to its context. Shouwburgplein, or “Theater Square,” is situated in the heart of Rotterdam, minutes from the Europe’s largest port, and surrounded by the City Theater, the music hall, Rotterdam’s largest movie theater complex.

West 8 Shouwburgplein RotterdamThis contemporary urban square design, with custom furniture, iconic crane-like lights that park users can operate, and a trademarked hardscape pattern, is a reflection of the Port of Rotterdam. Capped by a light-deck square that replaced an outdated and leaking parking roof structure, the design includes a light structure using durable materials that have remarkably withstood the test of time and heavy usage.

By raising the surface of the square above the surrounding area, the “city’s stage” was created for festivals and installations, framed by the city skyline and its “audience” of inhabitants. This interactive public space, flexible in use, changes throughout the day and from season to season
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MATERIALS
 
steel, wood, plastic material

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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Netherlands [Nederland]
Region
Zuid-Holland
Region
Rijnmond
Town
Rotterdam
Address
Schouwburgplein
 
 
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MAP
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Urban equipment and structures for public areas
Street furniture
Streets and squares
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
1990 - 1991     project winner of competition
Realisation
1995 - 1996
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Atlante di architettura contemporanea, Könemann, Köln 2000, pp. 116-117
Linda Pollak, "Spazi fluidi: la fontana come apparato urbano/Space of Flows: Fountain as Urban Apparatus", Lotus international 102, settembre/september 1999 [Fontane/Fountains], p. 19 n. 35 (6-28)
6th Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture, Fundació Mies van der Rohe and ACTAR, Barcelona 1999, pp. 154-157
Ole Bouman, "Qualità nella quantità, la nuova committenza/Quality in Quantity, the New Task", Lotus international 96, marzo/march 1998 [Olanda, Il territorio ipermoderno/La città supertradizionale/The Netherlands, The Hypermodern Territory/The Super Traditional City], pp. 44 (43-51)
"Square Dance", Architectural Review 1211, january 1998, pp. 44-45
Bart Lootsma, Stefano Boeri, "Ridisegno di Schouwburgplein e multisala cinematografica Pathé, Rotterdam/Redesign of the Schouwburgplein and Pathé multicinema, Rotterdam", Domus 797, ottobre/october 1997 [La casa prefabbricata/Prefabricated houses], "Progetti/Projects" pp. 46-57
"Rotterdam, place Schouwburgplein", L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui 306, septembre/september 1996, pp. 95-99
Adriaan Geuze, "Schouwburgplein, Rotterdam, 1990-95", Lotus international 88, febbraio/february 1996 [I due giardini/The Two Gardens], pp. 56-59 (50-71)
Paul Groenendijk, Piet Vollaard, Gids voor moderne architectuur in Rotterdam/Guide to modern architecture in Rotterdam, Uitgeverij 010 Publishers, Rotterdam 1996, p. 13 n. 010
Casabella 597-598, gennaio-febbraio/january-february 1993, pp. 41-43
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CLIENT
 
 
Gemeente Rotterdam
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Height
square cm. 35
hydraulic lamp-post m. 26,50
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STAFF
 
Design team
Adrian Geuze, Dirry de Bruin, Cyrus B. Clark, Dick Heydra, Wim Kloosterboer
Collaborators
Erwin Bot, Huub Juurlink, Nigel Sampey, Erik Overdiep, Jurgen Beij, Jerry van Eyck
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ANNOTATIONS
 
 

See dossier Koen van Velsen > Megabioscoop - Multiplex Cinema Pathé
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Jeroen Musch, Joost Maaskant, Monostudio
Courtesy by West 8 urban design & landscape architecture and Architectour.net
Text edit by West 8 urban design & landscape architecture

West 8 Schouwburgplein Rotterdam



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