High-rise living at Rotterdam’s B’ Tower, The Netherlands
Rotterdam-based architectural practice, Wiel Arets Architects, has designed the B’ Tower project. Completed in 2013, the building includes a combination of residential and commercial properties. It is located in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
According to the architects: “The Building is composed of three distinct volumes of retail and residential properties, and is a contiguous extension of Marcel Breuer’s 1955 ‘Bijkenkorf’ department store. 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.
“The city of Rotterdam mandated in the mid-1990s that a portion of newly built structures in its center incorporate housing; intrinsically, the B’ Tower is one of the first of these buildings, seeking to impart and sustain an urban vibrancy within this rapidly restructuring district.
“Interior design of the apartments includes fitted kitchens designed by WAA in collaboration with Alessi and Valcucine, with most remaining residential furnishings designed by WAA in collaboration with Lensvelt. All bathrooms are equipped with the WAA Il Bagno dOt bathroom series fixtures, which are produced by Alessi, Laufen, and Oras. Unique to the uppermost and cantilevered volume’s residences are façade facing bathrooms, allowing one to soak in an oversized bathtub while overlooking the skyline of Rotterdam.”
Images courtesy of Wiel Arets Architects
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