Lobby Crystal House by KAAN Architecten

Crystal House

The Lobby is a sustainable transformation of the current commercial venue Crystal House located in central Rotterdam. Although a part of the historic Lijnbaan ensemble, the building is not a protected monument because it was built later.

As a part of the ongoing urban regeneration of the surrounding area, this outdated structure is getting a complete overhaul based on transparency, accessibility, and a lively program. The new open ground floor serves as an inviting plinth that provides a barrier-free transition between inside and outside.

Rising above the street level is a defined new volume clad in natural stone with large windows overlooking the bustling activity of the street and a glass roof pavilion at the very top.

High-end retail and catering space are spread throughout The Lobby, culminating in a rooftop restaurant and garden that will offer views over the city for visitors year-round. The modernist redesign of Crystal house gives a nod to the Rotterdam Reconstruction era yet radiates individuality simultaneously. Source by KAAN Architecten.

  • Location: Kruiskade 62-90, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Architect: KAAN Architecten
  • Principal: Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen, Dikkie Scipio
  • Project Team: Bas Barendse, Sebastiaan Buitenhuis, Michael Geensen. Robin Cals, Timo Cardol, Christiaan Frankin, Andrea Gentilini, Carlos Jacquet, Joeri Spijkers, Claudia Vermeulen
  • Management: MBM (Molkenboer Management)
  • Construction advisor: Pieters Bouwtechniek
  • Technical installations advisor, physics, fire control, acoustics: DGMR
  • Landscape: Wim Beining
  • Client: Manhave Vastgoed
  • Size: 3500 m2
  • Completion: expected 2022
  • Images: Vivid Vision, Courtesy of KAAN Architecten