Penthouse Las Palmas
Epicentre of Rotterdam city centre expansion: Penthouse Las Palmas on a converted harbour warehouse 'Las Palmas' is a multifunctional building of approximately 25,000 m² floor space. With its cultural and commercial functions it is synonymous for the progress towards new urbanity on Wilhelminapier in Rotterdam. For a decade now, work has been carried out on the south bank of the River Maas for the redevelopment of the Wilhelminapier, once home port of the Holland America Line, which once connected international sea ports such as Rotterdam and New York with passenger services. 'Las Palmas', the former workshops building of the Holland America Line, is located between high-rise projects of Rem Koolhaas, Norman Foster and Renzo Piano, at the very centre of the pier. This foremost example of the architecture of post-war Dutch rationalist architecture has been fully restored according to a design by Benthem Crouwel Architekten. In addition to the Dutch National Museum of Photography, a municipal training centre for new media and a large events hall, office spaces and a top-class restaurant add to the variety of tenants. The restored building has been expanded with a state of the art penthouse, which houses the head office of property developer OVG Projectontwikkeling. As a dazzling eye-catcher the penthouse anchors the renewed 'Las Palmas' complex in the skyline of the scarcely 0.1 km² large Wilhelminapier, the future Manhattan of the Netherlands. An iconic structure of 2.500 m² floor space, Penthouse Las Palmas is lifted from de roof surface and supported by slender columns that vary in angle to allow optimal transportation of forces into the structure of the renovated warehouse underneath. The roof of the existing building is used as a spacious garden for the double level office. The space underneath the lifted volume has been made accessible for cars by converting an existing former heavy loads lift into a carlift to the skyline parking lot - for Penthouse office personnel and visitors, only.


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