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Opening in 2023.
For more than two decades, sophisticated design has been an integral part of the DNA of stilwerk and its three design centres in Berlin, Düsseldorf and Hamburg. In 2023, a new design destination will open in the Pakhuis Santos on the Katendrecht peninsula in the Rotterdam Rhijn- and Maashaven – planned by Renner Hainke Wirth Zirn Architekten & WDJARCHITECTEN.
stilwerk Rotterdam will combine an open retail space with hospitality areas such as serviced apartments, co-working, restaurants and a market hall to form an exciting overall concept within the historic warehouse. The listed brick building will be crowned by a golden roof sculpture and become a landmark of the area.
Choosing the perfect place.
Rotterdam is now not only Europe's largest seaport but also a dynamic and creative metropolis that is gradually repositioning itself as the cultural stronghold of the Netherlands. In recent years, the port industry has retreated from the cityscape, the vacated areas are developing into modern districts in which young service and creative industries are settling. Convinced by the City of Rotterdam as being the experimental and designorientated hotspot in the Netherlands, stilwerk decided to pursue the possibility of a new location. The perfect spot was found on the Katendrecht peninsula between the Maas- and Rijnhaven ports.
The Rijnhaven area together with the upcoming neighbourhood Katendrecht will soon build an extension of the Rotterdam‘s city centre on the south bank. By the water and for everyone - where people can enjoy a park, a beach and the river against the backdrop of the Rotterdam skyline. The historical harbour side of Rotterdam will turn into new part of the city center. High-rise buildings will border on a city park that will occupy a large part of of the current harbour basin alongside the ‚old‘ Rijnhaven with its historic quays, industrial monuments and beautiful views. Rijnhaven is already good accessible by public transport and bicycle and offers pleasant facilities for working, business and recreation. But also various housing options and forms of housing are available.
Celebrating the old and the new.
An important component of the stilwerk concept is its setting: the architecture itself. Every single location of stilwerk offers a sensitive and respectful approach towards the building it occupies. Working carefully within a historic building is part of stilwerks approach to design: bringing together the new and the old. The first stilwerk, opened in 1996 in Hamburg, set the example for this Reclaimed Architecture approach: The brick building at the Hamburg harbour front used to be a malt factory and dates dates back to the 17th century. A sensitive and respectful conversion of the historical monument took place to comprise the stilwerk showrooms that now occupy the building. The historical exterior façade was presevered as well as many historical elements of the malthouse, so that the old and the new harmonize in an extraordinary way. The original stilwerk Hamburg is a blueprint for the Santos building in Rotterdam.
For Rotterdam, stilwerk again chose a heritage site: The Pakhuis Santos at the Brede Hilledijk 95 on Katendrecht, a coffee storage built in 1901-1902 by architects J.P. Stok Wzn. and J.J. Kanters. The warehouse originally had an advanced loading system in form of winch-houses on the top of the building. Even though those were demolished in 1970, the Pakhuis Santos still shows its former function in the façade with vertical loading docks above one another. The almost cubical building, with its closed sides and beautiful fronts, has a basement, a slightly elevated ground floor and five levels above with identical floor plans.
stilwerk comissioned Renner Hainke Wirth Zirn Architekten & WDJARCHITECTEN with the planning of the conversion of the historical building. The architectural style will be kept and carefully translated into a new future. For instance, new openings on the groundfloor level will allow interaction on all four sides, added street furniture will allow urban life to manifest and acts as a visual reminder to the history of the former warehouse.
To catch daylight and allow for internal traffic an atrium will be made in the centre of the building, running through all floors from the groundfloor up to the existing roof level. A roof extension will then be added as a contemporary expression hovering on the historical base of the local monument. It's translucent material will have a slightly shining quality in the daylight and will hide architectural elements like glas panes, window profiles and balkony partitions positioned behind the mesh. Hence, only shadows of objects and people as well as illuminated areas will be visible from outside. Especially at nighttime, the depth of the roof façade will be more visible – creating a special almost sensual appearance. The roof extension will increase the visibility of the building and turn the stilwerk Rotterdam into a new and unique focal point. At the same time, the triangulated volume pays hommage to the historical crane lodges by referencing its axes as the folging points of the roof geometry.
More than just a great retail space.
stilwerk Rotterdam is an extension of the stilwerk concept as a platform for premium design offering services, additional brands in the retail and lifestyle sector, as well as more gastronomic variety and stilwerk apartments with joint working facilities.
Hence, the new stilwerk will act as an inspirational epicentre. A place where representatives of the creative industry can meet and inspire one another. It will be a catalyst for innovation by stimulating co-creation, by organising workshops and by facilitating creative think tanks – initiatives that will in turn lead to more innovation and development in the creative industry.
The new stilwerk will be organized in a way that the guests are guided through the building by offering them eatertainment, design accessories and independent design on the ground floor, arranged in a market place atmosphere. Leading them via the central staircase through five levels of high class interior design spaces to the roof top bar and co-working area. The crown houses 16 stilwerk curated apartments. Each floor is arranged as a retail-loft, individually, open-plan and styled with complimentary themes and features such as living, working, cooking, sleeping or outdoor. The whole setting is aiming at an innovative and integral display of living and working spaces, modern, timeless, explicit and beyond. Creating a natural and easy atmosphere to give the guest a truly special experience.
Visitors will be able to enter the building through the main entrance and have an immediate visual connection to the central means of circulation. In the centre of the ground floor is the beginning of the stairs – designed as double height steps that offer casual seating to either side of the area. The entire level will house a number of inviting mixed-use-functions such as a café and restaurant combined with a retail area that can be easily transformed into an open event space for award shows, exhibitions, press days, concerts or lectures. The aim is to contribute to and revitalise the surrounding area with welcoming and accessable uses.
Levels 1 to 5
The levels 1 to 5 will maintain their historic open plan layout and will house showrooms for international high-quality brands as well as the latest innovative trends – be it design or technology. Dutch experimental design companies and young talents will be part of this retail exhibition alongside international premium interior brands. Areas on each level can be rented to a variety of design companies to display their innovative and iconic products. The brand mix on each floor will allow for an inspirational loft style experience.
Co-Working & Rooftop Bar
The new roof of the Santos building will house the rooftop bar and open plan co-working area as well as a conference centre for professionals of the creative industry. A communal area allows the possibility to cook individual meals or get together to prepare whole menues. The entire floor is enclosed by a glass parimeter which is set back from the existing building outline offering an external terrace and stunning views over Rotterdam Rijnhaven, Kop van Zuid and Maashaven.
Above all resides the top floor hosting 16 short stay apartments, surrounded by a balcony-ally, giving each apartment a small terrace. Curated by stilwerk, furnished by stilwerk partners, these unique living spaces form the icing on the cake of the building. Offering the design and creative community a unique place to stay, work and create. Attracting innovation and ideas to the area.
We curate inspiring spaces.
With everyting we do we create new ways of living.
stilwerk presents an exclusive selection of design items and brings together the entire spectrum of furniture, interior design and lifestyle under one roof. From classic to avant-garde, from kitchen to study. With locations in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and soon Rotterdam (2023), not to mention 1000 premium brands, the stilwerk concept is globally unique. Prestigious manufacturers and carefully selected interior designers manage their own shops, which are complemented by temporary pop-up stores. In 2021, the brand celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Thanks to the stilwerk online shop, the platform also bridges the gap between the real and digital worlds, enabling customised interior design across all channels. An in-house magazine, exciting exhibitions and cultural events round off the concept and make stilwerk a source of inspiration for design aficionados. Since 2019, the established premium design and lifestyle platform stilwerk added hospitality and co-working to its current portfolio, which spans from destinations of design to retail management and real estate development.
Become part of stilwerk.
To become a part of stilwerk Rotterdam, this extraordinary concept within the unique Santos building in the Rotterdam Rijnhaven, do not hesitate to contact us. First come first served.
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