Powerhouse Company, in collaboration with RED Company, has drawn up a masterplan that will transform the site of the Codrico Factory in the Rotterdam Rijnhaven. With its industrial history, the Codrico Factory and its remarkable ‘green cube,’ is a much-loved part of the Rijnhaven. The factory forms the heart of the plans for the Codrico Terrain. Powerhouse Company has created a unique masterplan with an ensemble of new and existing buildings that both celebrates its industrial heritage and embraces the future. An iconic, publicly accessible building will be built in the water in front of the factory and the new city park.
Through relocating the factory’s industrial activities of The Codrico factory, a site of national heritage and a listed monument, the site at Katendrecht will be unlocked for redevelopment. With space for approximately 1,500 new rental and owner-occupied homes, including 50% homes in the affordable segment, the Codrico Terrain will be accessible to all residents of Rotterdam. A bustling place with offices, shops, restaurants and cultural functions in the plinths, the mixed-use development covers a total of 190.000 m2, including a magnificent iconic public building in the water of the Rijnhaven.
Loop around the Rijnhaven
The Codrico Terrain will be an iconic ensemble containing a tower, a building on the quay, a striking building on the field next to the factory, and the monumental factory itself. The quays will be activated with floating parks on both the Wilhelminapier side and the Codrico Terrain side. The Rijnhaven Bridge will complete the pedestrian loop around the harbor, allowing Rotterdammers to stroll along all quays of the Rijnhaven.
The approved development vision was drawn up by the Rotterdam-based project developer RED Company in collaboration with the architectural firm Powerhouse Company. Additionally, Powerhouse Company designed the building on the quay with a variation of forms and volumes that directly reference the industrial architecture of the Codrico complex. The Fonda, the residential complex with its organic form on the site adjacent to the factory, is also a Powerhouse Company design. The 220-meter-high tower was designed by New York-based SHoP Architects.
The design of this many-faceted residential tower refers to the first “Hugh Ferris” generation of skyscrapers in New York, during the time of the great migrations that took place from Katendrecht to America. The redevelopment of the National Monumental Factory was designed by Office Winhov. Through close collaboration with the architectural historians of Crimson Historians & Urbanists, the factory will be completely renovated, and the large silos will be rebuilt as homes. The outdoor space, parks and quays are a design by Delva Landscape Architects & Urbanism.
Designed by the Rotterdam architect, Francine Houben and office Mecanoo, the iconic Maritime Center Rotterdam will be located in the middle of the water of the Rijnhaven. The triple helix of the international maritime world comes together in this building: the past, present and future, creating a meeting place for maritime entrepreneurs, researchers and culture. This building will be open to the public and partly under water. Source and images Courtesy of Powerhouse Company.