building physics adviser:
DGMR Raadgevende Ingenieurs
Accommodation for the Dura Vermeer organization is being realized as part of a new urban design plan for the redevelopment of Rotterdam Airport. A volume approximately 35 m high will rise at the head of a row of offices on Airportplein. This planned new-build will be one of the first buildings to be realized. It also has an extremely prominent location due to its orientation towards both Airportplein and the entrance route from the A13 motorway, the Airportlaan.
The building has been designed as a massive stone-like block with larger openings in the direction of the external spaces immediately adjacent. The highest volumes (nine floors of offices) are situated on the access road and the Airportplein, with the lowest (four floors of offices) at the back and side facing the neighbouring building. Located in the plinth are the first parking level, the stairs up to the entrance halls from the public road and a monumental staircase leading to the patio.
The brickwork upper levels are separated from the plinth by means of a glass strip surrounding the building. The public functions are housed here: entrance halls, receptions, coffee corners and staff restaurants; these functions are directly linked to the patio on the inside by means of high glass fronts and doors. The position of the high and lower building volumes means that the patio catches optimum sunlight.
The building opens out onto the most prominent corner in the direction of the Airportplein by means of a large high entrance gate. A monumental staircase over the entire breadth of this opening connects the street level of the square with the patio situated ca. 3 m higher. At the back of the building, the patio runs over into the green dyke embankment and walking route with a view of a water feature behind.