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Reanimate 30+ redevelopment projects by mei architects and planners

mei architects and planners


mei architects and planners Schiehavenkade 150 3024 EZ Rotterdam t +31 (0)10 4252222 e info@mei-arch.eu follow us on twitter: @meiarch follow us on facebook: www.facebook.com/Meiarch follow us on instagram: mei_architects_and_planners www.mei-arch.eu

mei architects and planners www.mei-arch.eu


Mei architects and planners

Mei architects and planners is an enterprising, knowledge-intensive office that focuses on development and innovation in architecture. The office was set up in 1994 by architect Robert Winkel and is based in Rotterdam. Mei is particularly noted for transforming existing buildings such as the Jobsveem warehouse, Delfshaven factory and Fenix warehouses in Rotterdam. And it has completed striking new-build projects such as Schiecentrale 4B, Rotterdam, De Verkenner in Utrecht and the new McDonald’s pavilion on Coolsingel Rotterdam. In addition, the office has drawn up urban designs that include dynamic master plans for Moss Verket in Norway, London in England, Nantes in France and the OPG location in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The work of Mei has been widely published and received numerous accolades. Mei likes to explore subjects in depth, and the designers on the team know all the ins and outs of building regulations. And thanks to his membership of the Amsterdam and Rotterdam review committee for building permits, Robert Winkel possesses a wealth of knowledge about local authority design and planning policy. All this expertise forms an excellent basis for highly complex projects. Moreover, delving into history in order to ensure that proposals for renewal draw naturally on existing qualities is something Mei takes for granted. Demonstrating this approach is the rich variety of building transformations carried out by the office across the country, among them a number of projects to convert historic buildings that enjoy a protected status at municipal or national level. They include the Gouda Cheese Warehouse, the Jobsveem warehouse, WEST507 and the renovation of the Lijnbaan shopping precinct in Rotterdam. In the area of technology, Mei offers architects space to embrace the challenge of inventing and developing creative solutions in the form of new products and applications. Examples include perforated steel sheets for a car park in Almere, and composite storage units and protective screens of woven stainless steel for the Schiecentrale 4b building in Rotterdam. Above all else, Mei is interested in the people who occupy its buildings. What opportunities does the architecture offer them? What new prospects and potential for social interaction does it create? Designs by Mei focus on people. Through their spatial composition and circulation system, the buildings orchestrate encounters between people and thus act as catalysts for the community inside and outside the building. A feature of Mei architects is the attitude of curiosity and openness with which the office deals with commissions, partners and contexts alike. To enhance its power of thought and action further, Mei enters into alliances with parties in the field. And the office likes to share the expertise it accumulates in the process. That is why Mei creates space not only for acquiring knowledge but also for imparting it through presentations, workshops, guided tours and guest lectures at universities. Robert Winkel is the energetic figure who heads the Mei team of designers and experts. As chief designer, he is the driving force behind all projects at the office, and an enterprising and dynamic presence both inside and outside the office. He was one of the founders of Archined.nl, the first website devoted to developments in Dutch architecture. Another initiative of his is Intender.net, a website that publishes competition designs and architect selection procedures.


Awards


Iconic Awards 2018, Innovative Architecture - Selection, Gouda Cheese Warehouse Dutch Steel Award, nominee 2018, Gouda Cheese Warehouse Architizer A+Awards 2017 finalist, category Architecture + Concrete, De Verkenner Archmarathon Award 2017 1st prize category Mixed Use & Residential Buildings with De Verkenner Concrete Award 2017, nominee, De Verkenner BNA Building of the Year 2106, nominee McDonald’s Coolsingel 44 Rotterdam Iconic Awards 2015, winner category Architecture, McDonald’s Coolsingel 44 Rotterdam German Design Award 2016, winner, McDonald’s Coolsingel 44 Rotterdam ARC15 Detail Award nominee McDonald’s Coolsingel 44 Rotterdam WAN metal in architecture award, shortlist Gnome Parking Almere-Buiten, 2014 Rotterdam Architecture prize 2013, shortlist De Fabriek Delfshaven, Rotterdam Roterodamum Restoration prize 2013, 2nd prize De Fabriek Delfshaven, Rotterdam Rotterdam Building quality prize, nomination with Schiecentrale 4B, 2009 BNA Building of the year, nomination for Schiecentrale 4B, 2009 National Renovation prize 2009, 1st prize with Jobsveem, 2009 Dutch Building prize 2009, nomination with Jobsveem, 2009 Rotterdam Building quality prize, 1st prize with Jobsveem, 2008 Job Dura prize, Schiecentrale and Jobsveem on shortlist, 2008 Steel prize 2008, 1st prize with Jobsveem, 2008 Steel prize 2008, nomination with Kraton 230, 2008 BNA Building of the year, nomination for Schiecentrale fase 4A, 2008 BNA Building of the year, nomination for LOC, 2008 Geveltotaal Architecture prize, 1st prize for façade and cast iron panels Schiecentrale phase 4A, 2008 Living Steel International Architecture Competition for Sustainable Housing (Londen), short-listed, 2007 Dutch Design Prize, nomination for cast iron panels Schiecentrale phase 4A, 2006 Unorthodocks competition, 2nd prize with a vision for the development of Stadshavens Rotterdam, 2006 IFD grant for the PWS housing association in connection with 200 flexible living and working units in Schiecentrale Rotterdam, 2004 Rotterdam Design Prize, 3rd prize with Smarthouse, 2003 Sustainable Building Prize, City of Rotterdam with 25kV Building, 2001 Spacious Living competition, 1st prize with De Gedoogwoning, 2001 Rotterdam City Office competition, nomination with The People’s Palace, 2001 National Steel Prize 2000, nomination with 25kV Building, 2000 EO Wijers competition, honorary mention with The Wild North, 1998 Church for the 21st Century competition, 1st prize, 1997 Glass House competition, 3rd prize with Mi Casa es su Casa, 1996 Roosendaal competition on squares, honorary mention with De Stolling van Roosendaal, 1995


Choice of Publications


2018 C3 magazine (Korea) Post Industrial Conversions, Kaaspakhuis Gouda, February 2018 Cobouw (NL) Wonen in het bad waar bijna heel Gouda heeft leren zwemmen, Spaardersbad, April 2018 2017 Houtblad (NL) Ode aan oude planken, Kaaspakhuis Gouda, Hilde de Haan, November 2017 Stedebouw & Architectuur (NL) Sublieme architectuur, Oktober 2017 Bouwwereld (NL) State of the Art - Kaaspakhuis Mei, November 2017 Architectuur NL THUIS BIJ Robert Winkel, Oktober 2017 Surfaces reporter (IN) Unique ‘Arts and Crafts’ facade for a residential tower, De Verkenner, Oktober 2017 de Architect (NL) Nieuw licht op donker pakhuis, Kaaspakhuis Gouda, September 2017 AD Rotterdam (NL) Wonen in ‘spierballen-pand’, WEST507, May 2017 Dutch Design Daily (NL) Woontoren De Verkenner in Utrecht, De Verkenner, April 2017 Architectenweb (NL) Mei transformeert Stokvisgebouw, WEST507, April 2017 2016 Sites Archi (FR) Le choc du McDo chic, McDonald’s Coolsingel 44, November 2016 De Architect (NL) Woontoren als symbool van verandering, De Verkenner, October 2016 Cobouw (NL) Weten hoe de hazen lopen, Gouda Cheese Warehouse, September 2016 #101 Divisare (IT) Tower De Verkenner, De Verkenner, September 2016 Designboom Mei architects inscribes tower in Utrecht with poetic verse about life in the city, De Verkenner, September 2016 De Volkskrant (NL) McDonald’s Rotterdam en tennisclub IJburg genomineerd voor Beste Gebouw 2016, McDonald’s Coolsingel 44, March 30 2016 AD Rotterdam (NL) Uit oude loods verrijst een ‘Mensengebouw’, Fenix I, March 2016 Cobouw (NL) Lees eens een galerijflat, De Verkenner, March 2016 SCA Magazine (AR) Edificio Fenix Lofts, Fenix I, April 2016 Cobouw (NL) Transformatie op z’n Rotterdams, Fenix I, January 2016 2015 Designboom Mei architects and planners completes Coolsingel McDonald’s in Rotterdam, McDonald’s Coolsingel 44, August 21 2015 Divisare (IT) Shining McDonald’s in the heart of Rotterdam, McDonald’s Coolsingel 44, August 2015 CONDE (TW) Shining McDonald’s’, McDonald’s Coolsingel 44, August 2015 Domusweb (IT) Mei architects: McDonald’s, McDonald’s Coolsingel 44, June 2015 Archello Shining McDonald’s in heart of Rotterdam’, McDonald’s Coolsingel 44, June 2015 Archdaily McDonald’s pavilion on Coolsingel, McDonald’s Coolsingel 44, June 2015 Dezeen (GB) McDonald’s restaurant by Mei Architects boasts a golden facade and a spiral staircase, McDonald’s Coolsingel 44, June 2015 ArchDaily Mei and Felixx propose housing for post-war residential area , Ludlstrasse Munchen, March 2015 Bogue (NL) Goh. We hebben de mooiste McDonald’s ter wereld!?!?!, McDonald’s Coolsingel 44, 2015 2014-older ARQ (AR) Los aportes de la escuela Holandesa, November 2014 Zeppelin (RO) Mei Architecten: Gnome parking garage, Almere, Gnome Parkinggarage, December 2012 #110 De Volkskrant (NL) De nieuwe ambachtelijkheid, Gnome Parkinggarage, February 2011 MARK (NL) Mei Architects incorporated 1200 garden gnomes into a parking garage, Gnome Parkinggarage, September 2010 Bouwwereld (NL) Auto-industrie maakt gevel voor parkeergarage, Gnome Parkinggarage, September 2010 DETAIL (DE) Apartment house and office building in Rotterdam, Schiecentrale 4B, August 2010 A+U (JP) Schiecentrale 4B, August 2009 De Architect (NL) Opinie. Niet klagen, maar vernieuwen, May 2009 Archiworld (KR) Special Mei Architecten en stedenbouwers: architect of the month, May 2009 ID+C (CN) Dutch architectural design in a new era, Jobsveem, January 2009 De Architect (NL) Architectuur en de kunst van het loslaten, Schiecentrale 4B, January 2009 #1 MARK (NL) Mei breathes new life into Rotterdam’s gallery high-rise, Schiecentrale 4B, December 2008 DETAIL (CN) Kraton 230, Kraton 230, August 2008 De Volkskrant (NL) Kaal beton, staal en veel pikzwart, Schiecentrale 4B, August 2008 pp. 16 MARK (NL) Rust never sleeps, Kraton 230, June 2008 De Architect (NL) Licht in zwaargewicht, Jobsveem, January 2008 De Architect (NL) Roest gestemd, Kraton 230, November 2007 Bauwelt (DE) Wohnungsbau nach VINEX, Schiecentrale 4B, July 2007


CV Robert Winkel (May 01.1963)

Education Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture University of Amsterdam, construction economics Secondary education in Amsterdam

Overview of Job Positions 2003-present Architect and founder Mei architects and planners 2014-present Boardmember White House Development bv, Development company focusing on sustainability, climate design and smart programming 2001-2008 Founder Smarthouse (in collaboration with Holland Beton Groep), Design and build concept for mass-customized houses of steel 1996-2003 Architect and founder Robert Winkel Architecten 1995-2013 Founder, editor and director of Archined (www.archined.nl), The Architecture Site of the Netherlands on Internet, in collaboration with Piet Vollaard and 010 Publishers 1991-1995 CEPEZED Architecten (project architect)

Teacher 2000-present Graduation mentor at Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, Academies of Architecture in Rotterdam, Tilburg, Maastricht and Arnhem (28 students) 2011-2013 Series of lectures / seminar at Academy of Architecture Rotterdam, ‘designing with building regulations’ (ontwerpen binnen wettelijke en juridische kaders), with guest speakers 2008 Series of 8 lectures about Jobsveem at Delft University of Technology (initiated by Thijs Asselbergs) 2004-present Teacher of post-graduate education, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Fire 2000-2010 Student projects analysis 25kv -building and Schiecentrale 1994-present Guest teacher and visiting critic at Delft University of Technology, some in collaboration with Lars Spuybroek, Jacob van Rijs, Jasper van Zwol 1994-present Teacher and visiting critic at Eindhoven University, the Academy of Architecture in Rotterdam, Tilburg, Maastricht and Arnhem, University of Technology Eindhoven, Gent University 1994-present Tutor at various international workshops

Languages Dutch excellent English very good German very good Spanish very good French very good Italian good


Committees / Juries  (among others) 2018-present Deputy Chairman of Amsterdam Commission for Architecture and Built Environment 2018 Chairman of Jury ARC18 Oeuvre Award 2017-present Chairman of Amsterdam Commission for Architecture and Built Environment Subcomm. III 2016-2017 Member of Amsterdam Commission for Architecture and Built Environment Subcomm. III 2016 Jury member Gouden Piramide, award for inspiring commissioning 2014-present Boardmember Rotterdam Roof Festival 2011-2014 Deputy Chairman of the Rotterdam Commission for Architecture and Built Environment 2013-2014 Member Q-team Havenbedrijf Rotterdam 2011-present Member advisory board Booosting 2010 Jury member of BNA Jonge Architectenprijsvraag 2009 Jury member of StedenBouwNu 2009-2011 Architecture Fund, Advisory Board member Architecture Project Grants 2009 Jury member of Europan 10 2009 Member of City Marketing Commission Spijkenisse  2009 Jury member, Rotterdam-Maaskantprize for Young Architects 2008 Member board of professionals, Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design 2008-2014 Member of Commission for Architecture and Built Environment of the City of Rotterdam (welstand- en monumentencommissie) 2008-2011 Member of the Rotterdam Monument Team (monumentenwerkgroep) 2008 Jury member, Netherlands Architecture Institute (competition ‘Rotterdam Mooier Dan!’) 2008 Board member Booosting 2008 Jury member of Archiprix 2008 Member feedback group of the Netherlands Architecture Fund 2006 Jury member of Total Façade Innovation and Architecture Prize 2004-present Board member of Vedute 2001 Jury member of Archined DINO Prize (architecture prize for senior architects) 2001 Jury member of Ikthinos (Maaskant) prize, Academy of Architecture Rotterdam 2000-present Member of several forums, symposiums, debates 1983-1984 Board member of Stylos Lectures (among others) Rotterdam Vastgoed 2016 Design and Emotion conference - Amsterdam Re-Use lecture, Sao Paulo Brasil 2015, with Dutch minister of Education, Culture & Science Vredeman de Vries Award 2014 Lecture Les salons structuralistes, Het Nieuwe Instituut No excuse: Re-use, Faculty of Architecture Delft, Heritage & Architecture Nederlandwordtanders/Live Hessischer Architektentag BNA academie, herbestemming Gunsan University, Bunsan Port Authority, South Korea Zeppelin #48, Rumania Arcelor Mittal Conference (Warsaw) Delft University of Architecture Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura (Valencia) EASA Belgrado


Industrial landscapes When were the

Nantes, France

Rijksadministratie, Gouda - listed monument Cacaofabriek, Helmond - monument

Lokhalle, Germany

1860

1870 1880

1899

1907

Jobsveem, Rotterdam - listed monument

Fenix I, Rotterdam

1913

1914

Oceaanhuis, Rotterdam - listed monument

Stroom, Rotterdam

De Fabriek, Delfshaven - protected city view

Bankierswoning / Pakhuis Loopuyt, Schiedam - listed monument

1850

1890 - 1930

Weeshuis, Gouda - listed monument

Slot Oostende, Goes

Historic buildings

1847

1250

1000

built?

original buildings

1907 - 1948

completed in progress design research

Lloydkwartier, Netherlands

Paperfactory Moss, Norway

• comparible size and scale of ensemble blocks along the river • bigger, individual block at convention lane • view from convention house to the fjord

• subtile transition from moss riverside to factory site

02 area 1 | guiding principles

Rainham, London

Hembrug, Zaandam

Kabelfabriek, Delft

urban concept

VERKET REGENERATION, MOSS

höegh eiendom mei architects and planners

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Q-terrein, Rotterdam

OPG terrein, Utrecht

Sfinx, Maastricht - listed monument

Spaardersbad, Gouda - listed monument

De Lijnbaan, Rotterdam - listed monument

Het Slaakhuys, Rotterdam - listed monument

De Generaal, Rijswijk

Scye010, Schiedam

Kauwgomballenfabriek, Amsterdam

Station Sloterdijk

1930

1933

1953

1954

1966

1970

1973

1983

2000

25kV gebouw, Rotterdam

Confectiefabriek, Rotterdam

1920

1925

Gouda Cheese Warehouse, Gouda - listed monument

1915

25 Years of restoration and transformation of historic buildings and industrial landscapes

transformation projects timeline


Projects


Jobsveem


Re-use of a National Monument prizes: Dutch Renovation prize 2009, nomination Dutch Building prize 2009, nomination Rotterdam ‘Building quality’ prize 2008, 1st prize Job Dura prize 2008, Jobsveem on shortlist Steel prize 2008: 1st prize BNA building of the year 2008: nomination client: BAM Vastgoed + BAM Volker Bouwmaatschappij programme: 21.000 m2 99 loft apartments + 10 penthouses 3500 m2 commercial and café space designteam: Collaborating architects: Mei architects and planners and Wessel de Jonge Architecten team Mei: Robert Winkel, Bart Spee, Robert Platje, Jos Schaeffer e.a. building costs: € 20.000.000,completion: 2008 location: Rotterdam publications (among others): Herbestemming in Nederland (2011) Bouwwereld (2009) Magma (2009) ID+C (2009) Cobouw (2009) Architectenwebmagazine (2008) Jaarboek Architectuur in Nederland (2008) A10 (2008) Bouwwereld (2007) Bouwen met Staal (2007) Algemeen Dagblad (2005) www.archined.nl (2005) Cobouw (2004) Rotterdams Dagblad (2003)


Bouwhistorische opname en waardestelling door J. Drรถge


aanduiding van de meest kwetsbare delen (paars) en de minder kwetsbare delen (oranje)

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waardestelling

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3 The former warehouse and national monument Jobsveem, also known as St. Job, on the quay of the Lloyd Pier in Rotterdam, has been changed significantly. The warehouse was originally a substantial industrial building. The design by Mei architects and planners breathes new life into the old warehouse. Since its completion in 1913, the former warehouse had been extremely introverted in character. This closed character was intended to protect the stored goods from too much daylight, rain and wind. The structure involved the use of construction methods that were very advanced for their time. The large-scale stacked structure with concrete galleries and loading bays is an example, as is the stacked structure of timber floors and cast-iron columns filled with concrete. The levels of Jobsveem are characterised by long floors (130 x 25 m) with cast-iron columns of different heights and conditions. The warehouse is an important national and municipal monument because the function of loading and unloading resulted in a uniquely expressive faรงade of concrete loading decks on the side facing the water.


figure 1 historical picture figure 2 logistic machine figure 3 Lloydkwartier figure 4 situation 1998

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Daylight The conversion of the warehouse into apartments and commercial spaces was an opportunity to bring daylight into the building. The unique character was preserved while three glazed atriums allow daylight to enter. They provide the adjoining dwellings with views. The concentrated intervention of the atriums preserves the characteristic appearance of the warehouse. The light courts of glass and steel emphasise the monumental components that have been carefully restored in the warehouse. Located in the atria are the main staircases, lifts and entrances. They are lively, light spaces where residents can meet one another. These courts can also combat heat and smoke when needed. In warm weather, and also in the event of calamities such as fire, the glazed roof opens and a light breeze blows through the atrium.

rook ventilatie

ruimte !

daglicht & uitzicht

trappenhuis / lift

vluchten stabiliteit

ĂŠĂŠn geconcentreerde ingreep


design concept


floor plans

flex zone

flex zone

flex zone

flex zone Roof terrace

Roof terrace

TYPE C/A/H

TYPE J


Roof terrace

Roof terrace

WONINGTYPE G FLOOR 5

Tailor made floor plan

linked

Standard floor plan

WONINGTYPE G FLOOR 6

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roof concept

SHED

SHED

JOBSVEEM

SHED

LLOYDKWARTIER ABOUT 1970

CONCEPT | doorsnede met toevoeging loods


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Gouda Cheese Warehouse


52 unique Lofts in a national monument Iconic Awards 2018 Innovative Architecture Selection Nationale Staalprijs category residential building client: White House Development BV program: 52 Loft Apartments, ca. 5000 m2 team Mei: Robert Winkel, Robert Platje, Martin van der Werf, Anja Lübke, Roy Wijte, Riemer Postma, Kasia Ephraim, Ed de Rooij, Marloes Koster historic research: SteenhuisMeurs construction: PBT fire: Ralph Hamerlinck building physics: DGMR realization: April 2016 - August 2017 location: Westerkade 2, Gouda, NL Gouda Cheese Warehouse – a national monument – experienced a spectacular transformation to a loft residential building. Mei architects took the initiative to start this successful development together with White House Development. A spacious atrium is created in the heart of the building, enclosed by 52 unique and sophisticated loft homes. Because of the innovative re-use of elements from the old cheese warehouse, like the original cheese boards, you can still experience the 100-year-old history of making cheese. Dark alley transformed into a light atrium The original cheese warehouse of ‘De Producent’ is a national monument. Therefore the main changes of the transformation to loft homes are only visible once you enter the building. The removal of pieces of the floor and facades on both sides of the original ventilation alley, and the addition of a glass roof, creates a royal atrium. Four layers of loft apartments can be reached from here. Parts of the original alley facade have been remained up and running as hoistway. The residents are able to reach their apartment through the two glass elevators which go up and down along the historical facades, while experiencing the building to the fullest.


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Existing wooden floors as formwork In order to carry the weight of a million kilos of cheese, the warehouse had two seperate construction systems. One for the building and one for the cheese. The original construction is re-used and maintained unfinished and visible in the loft apartments; steel columns, wooden and concrete ceilings and wooden attic beams. The existing floors are used as formwork for the new concrete floors, so the original wooden ceilings were able to maintain visible and give the lofts an historic touch. XTRA Loft Jumbo XL, the spacious loft in the former office of the Producent, immerses in cultural historical details. The original monumental main staircase, covered in Art Deco tile work and stained glass windows, gives

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Meaningful Re-use For this transformation, Mei tried to perserve much elements as possible out of the old cheese warehouse and gave them a second life in the new construction. The shelfs, where cheese were ripening for over 100 years, are re-used as finishing touch on the facades in the atrium. After extensive research it turned out possible to treat the cheese boards with monomers to meet the fire resistant requirements. The signs of the former use on the boards are still visible after this treatment. In some of the cheese shelfs a wise lessons are carved, to give this idea of perservation an extra meaning. The sentences come from a goose board game that was found in the archive of De Producent. The attentive resident or visitor will be surprised by these references to the history of the cheese warehouse. Also, the original trays, which hung onto the shelfs to manage the maturation process of the cheese, are being re-used; as house numbers. The topic Re-use in this project is not only for sustainability and cost-effectivity, but gives an extra purpose to the building by keeping the 100-year-old history alive.

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In conversation with the buyers Due to the strategic placement of loggias in the outer facade – maintaining the monumental rhythm of characteristic small windows – a diverse range of floorplans was possible. All loft apartments are different, they vary from 60m2 to 180m2, and are tailor-made to individual wishes. Upon purchase, every potential future resident received personal consult with the architect. This was easy to organize, as Mei was involved with both the development phases as also with the sale-process of the apartments. Worth mentioning is the fact that all lofts – before an unknown type of living in Gouda – were sold within three months.

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The Making Of

Watch the Making-Of video: vimeo.com/246420406


Fenixlofts Rotterdam


Re-use and new loft apartments & Culture Cluster 1st prize architect selection client: Heijmans Vastgoed program: approx. 8.500 m2 commercial, cultural and culinary approx. 9.000m2 public parking approx. 23.000 m2 loft apartments (180/230 pcs) team Mei: Robert Winkel, Menno van der Woude, Michiel van Loon, Robert Platje, Roy Wijte, Riemer Postma, Ruben Aalbersberg, Kasia Domachowska, Johan van Es, Adriaan Smidt, Danijel Gavranovic, King Chaichana, Jan Hoogervorst building costs: 40.000.000,- euro excl. VAT realization: Under construction (2016-2019) location: Veerlaan/ Rijnhaven, Katendrecht 3072 ZP Rotterdam

In the summer of 2013 Mei won the architect selection procedure for the design of the new volume and the redevelopment of the warehouse. A mixed programme of housing, workspaces, car park and leisure is planned for the older lower levels. On top of this Mei designed about 200 loft apartments whose occupants can arrange the interiors as they wish. The apartments can be divided both horizontally and vertically, a unique concept in the Netherlands. The Fenix warehouses, located opposite Hotel New York and the Rijnhaven Bridge, were built in 1922 in Katendrecht, Rotterdam. Previously called the San Francisco warehouse, the structure has two levels with floor heights of six metres, and was originally 360 metres in length. Construction of the San Francisco warehouse was necessitated by the considerable expansion of the fleet and number of routes of the Holland Amerika Lijn. What was remarkable about the complex, designed by architect C.N. van Goor, was that two railway lines cut through the building. It also featured a number of goods lifts that allowed trucks to load and unload their freight on the first floor.


Parts of the quay were destroyed towards the end of the Second World War. Fire also badly damaged the central section, the area now occupied by Fenix Square. In 1954 the quay was rebuilt and the warehouses rose from the ashes and were renamed Fenix I and Fenix II. However, port activity relocated westwards in the 1980s and the warehouses were abandoned. However, over the years, Rotterdam’s Rijnhaven has flourished, transforming from a desolate waterfront into a trendy site, a playground for culinary, creative, and cultural ventures. This transformation began in 2007, when the city of Rotterdam started to promote the rehabilitation of the Katendrecht district. With the repurposing of Fenix I, Mei has developed a smart plan that will create a unique and more permanent setting for recreation and creative endeavour inside the existing structure, Fenix Docks, as well as the design for a new volume on top of the warehouse called Fenix Lofts.

Fenix Lofts In 2009 Heijmans initiated the design and development of the Fenix I warehouse. After studying the surrounding buildings on Rijnhaven, the Rotterdam Department of City Development decided to project a new volume on top of the warehouse. Mei’s proposal adds layers to the volume overlooking the Rijnhaven, where the scale and size of development along the water justifies the height and proportions of the addition. In contrast, a number of layers have been removed from the Veerlaan side so that it harmonises more with the lower scale of buildings in Katendrecht. At the same time, this height difference ensures that the new volume on top enjoys views in two directions, over Rijnhaven on one side and Katendrecht on the other. An in-between layer consisting of a gigantic spaceframe structure separates the existing warehouse and new volume above. This middle layer can accommodate either residential or office space. The open portion in this layer offers a magnificent view of the Rijnhaven and the Wilhelminapier. Each loft contains a 2.5-metre-deep outdoor space that extends the full width of the apartment.


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Fenix Docks - Culture Cluster The complex will also accommodate a Culture Cluster. Mei has spearheaded a collaboration between three leading cultural organizations in Rotterdam: Conny Janssen Danst, Codarts and Rotjeknor. Each will have separate practice and training spaces inside the complex. The old warehouse has spectacular potential as well as amazing views of the Rotterdam skyline. As a key player in the unfolding of the Culture Cluster, Mei has devised complex technical solutions to various challenges the building holds. The division of the existing warehouse space into different areas that fulfil the diverse needs of users proved particularly complicated. Mei had to make sure that all participating organizations will have enough space. One particular difficulty involved the necessity of removing some existing columns while preserving others, and giving the training spaces a suitable height. 1

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The history of the Lloyd district goes back to around 1900. Increasing industrialisation and a rising volume of goods led to the construction of new docks such as Schiehaven, St. Jobshaven and Parkhaven. The stevedoring firm Müller & Co gave Müllerpier its name. The firm Blaauwhoed built the St. Jobsveem warehouse and the St. Jobsilo for storing products from the colonies. The Lloydpier took its name from the Rotterdamsche Lloyd shipping company. It built a terminal on the pier from where its passenger ships departed for the Dutch East Indies. In 1951 the Kota Inten moored at Lloydpier with on board 900 military personnel from the former Royal Dutch Indies Army (KNIL) and their families. The Arrival marks the start of the Moluccan community in the Netherlands. Around 12,500 Moluccan (Ambonese) people were transported from Java to the Netherlands on twelve ships.  The first Dutch electricity power plant, the Schiehavencentrale, found a home in the Lloydkwartier. The area blossomed. But activity declined in the decades after the war. Port activity shifted westwards as bigger ships needed more and deeper space for loading and unloading. In 1996 the Schiehaven- Müllerpier, as the Lloydkwartier was then called, was home to just a few port-related businesses. The disused Müllerpier was used as a venue for festivals. 

The remarkable area is now the site for the construction of a unique piece of Rotterdam with new next to old and new inside old. The district will have between 1750 and 2000 dwellings, many of them overlooking the river. The architecture is sturdy and spectacular, and in harmony with the character of the former dock area. Scores of companies, most of them in the commercial creative sector, have since moved into the redeveloped port buildings. Schiecentrale is home to firms in the audio-visual, film, animation, ICT and artist sectors; De Nieuwe Maaskant houses architecture offices; Blaauwhoedenveem houses architecture and design offices. Other arrivals include Kühne en Nagel in the former office of Rotterdamsche Lloyd and the imposing College of Shipping and Transport. The city in the city is turning into the focal point for the audio-visual and ICT industry. Entertainment opportunities are aplenty thanks to the big sports and events area (Lloyd Multiplein) and numerous cafés.

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Harbour building to live, work and relax in prizes: Rotterdam building quality prize 2009, nomination BNA ‘Building of the year’ 2009, nomination Job Dura prize 2008, Schiecentrale on shortlist client: OBR Ontwikkelings Bedrijf Rotterdam ( Rotterdam City Development Corporation) Woningstichting PWS (PWS Housing Association) Proper Stok Rotterdam program: living/working units, offices, garage, quayside dwellings, supermarket, gym and semi-public deck total 55.000 m2 team Mei: Robert Winkel, Robert Platje, Hennie Dankers, Eelco Dekker, Frank Aarssen, Jack Bouwer, Erwin Verhoeve, Maurice de Ruijter, Bart Spee, Jack Hoogenboom, Mirjam van Dam, Joanne Wienk, Leah Wiederholdt, Meike Stoetzer, Richel Lubbers, Michel Zaan, Jane Nagtegaal consultants: constructie: PBT, DHV | bouwfysica: DGMR installaties: Grontmij Bravenboer & Scheers brand: Ralph Hamerlinck | bouwkosten: Bouwhaven materiaal: Aldus Bouwinnovatie | wind: Windsafe completion: 2005 - 2008 building costs: € 42.000.000,location: Lloydpier (Lloyd quay), Rotterdam publications (among others): Detail (2010 ) A+U (2009) Archiworld (2009) Architectenweb magazine (2009) De Architect (2009) MARK (2008) Volkskrant (2008) Gevelbouw (2008) ArchitectuurNL (2008) AD (2008, 2007) Bauwelt (2007) Construction insights (2007) IFD Bouwen (2004)


Schiecentrale 4B is the final block in the redevelopment of the former Schiehaven power plant and surroundings. The combination of office space, residential units and live-work units brings even more life to an area that in recent years has blossomed to become the hub of the creative industry in Rotterdam. Schiecentrale 4B consists of a spectacular new building that wraps around the north-western sides of the old Schiecentrale plant. Like a small city, the new complex offers a variety of housing types that cater for self-confidant people active in the creative industry and who are attracted to the harbour atmosphere that the area still breathes. The scale and size are in keeping with the metropolitan docklands context. The shape chosen for the slab means that every residential unit enjoys views of both the River Maas and the city of Rotterdam. Programme The new building contains 55,000 square metres of programme, 7000 of which is office space. There are also 156 live-work units whose floor-plans can be arranged as desired, and twenty ground-access quayside houses each with 3.5 floors. Additional amenities consist of a supermarket (2000 square metres), a gymnasium (600 square metres), 400 parking places in a supervised garage, and a semi-public deck of 3000 square metres. A sun terrace, podium, playground and lunchtime supervision facility for schoolchildren complete the programme. View The most distinctive feature of the project is the height of the building, a 50-metre-tall slab that stretches for a length of 130 metres and rises above the former electricity power plant. The 11-floor structure contains office space and live-work units that are accessible from a gallery faced in a specially woven stainless-steel screen. Attached to the gallery are storage units, which are normally hidden away in the basement, but are now positioned opposite the front doors as eye-catching objects. All spaces on the west side of the building are fitted with glazed facades. From here, occupants enjoy a spectacular view of the River Nieuwe Maas and the port. Floor-to-ceiling harmonica doors front the live-work units and can open to turn the apartment into an enclosed and sunny terrace.

Facing the river only, the quayside dwellings feature glazed facades that allow for optimal use. The rear of these popular dwellings adjoins the car park, turning them into a reinterpretation of the drive-in house: you drive into your home as it were. The free floor-plans of the living units allow residents to determine the arrangement of rooms. On account of the high level of flexibility, all technical installations in the spaces, and also on the facades of the building, are surface mounted. The complex has the character of a pure dock structure interwoven with the technology of offshore and process industries. The design strategy adopted by Mei embraces mistakes by the contractor, which are inevitable when many hands are involved in work. The result is a sturdy building that deliberately accommodates imperfections. Schiecentrale has enjoyed considerable praise and international media attention. Self-confident residents have made their home in Schiecentrale. So too has Mei: in the summer of 2013 it relocated to the 16th floor at the top of the building. Visitors are always welcome in our office, and we would be delighted to guide anybody interested around the projects on the Lloydpier.


Flexible The shared objective of the clients was to realise a compact building complex in which the various programme elements were interchangeable. This mainly concerned the living-working units and offices in the High and Low Plate (floors can be used as either office or living-working space but this also applies to the supermarket, gym and parking garage in the lower structure). Another aim of the clients was to turn the Schiecentrale into a campus. This meant that a carefully considered mixture of programmes needed to be projected onto the complex. The economic situation, future uncertainties in terms of usage, sound-proofing of structures next to existing studios and speed of completion led to the decision to construct the new building with a concrete skeleton and non load-bearing walls. This project was awarded the IFD Demonstration status. On account of the great flexibility, all technical installations in the spaces as well as on the façades are carried out as ‘assembly’. The complex exudes the character of a typical port building in which technology from the offshore and processing sectors has been integrated.

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25kV building


Re-use of a former transformer house 1st prize architect selection prizes: Sustainable Building Prize, City of Rotterdam, 2001, first prize National Steelprize 2000, nomination client: Ontwikkelingsbedrijf Rotterdam programme: 7.000 m2 team Mei Robert Winkel, Machteld Wijnands, Kees Gajentaan, Richel Lubbers, Tim Knip, Rob van Houten, Karolien de Pauw completion: 2001 building costs: â‚Ź 2.750.000,location: Lloydpier, Rotterdam publications: De Architect (1998) Bouwen met staal (1999) Bouwwereld 91999) De Volkskrant (2000) Detail (2000)

In recent years Schiecentrale, the former electricity generating plant on Lloydpier in Rotterdam, has developed into the centre of the creative industry of the city. In and around the original building of the former electricity power plant a lively creative industry, ranging from studios to workspaces for almost all related activity, has blossomed. The generating station dates from the early years of the last century. The Schiehaven station was a large brick structure that contained a battery house, canteen, porters lodge, transformer house, turbine hall and boilerhouse. The complex fell into disuse in 1990. Mei architects and planners played an important role in transforming Schiecentrale and its surroundings into the audio-visual centre that it now is.


Glazed panels Mei architects and planners turned the originally introverted and blank transformer house, which is part of Schiecentrale, into a transparent structure that houses various businesses: the 25kV building. The transparency of the new structure was achieved by removing the originally blank faรงade over the full length of the building. In its place is a steel frame faced entirely with glazed panels. Housed in the new volume are all supporting facilities for the adjacent 46 office spaces such as toilets and pantries as well as stairwells, the lift and a corridor that provides access to the offices. Because all daylight enters the building through this zone, even the toilets and pantries are made of glass, albeit translucent glass for privacy reasons. The stairs are dimensioned as lightly as possible to that as much daylight as possible can enter the building.


Space for encounter The voids in these service zones also function as air channels. Slats at the bottom and top open in the summer to ventilate the offices. What’s more, the buffer zone has a positive effect on the energy performance and building physics of the structure, an achievement that was rewarded with the Rotterdam Sustainable Building Prize in 2001. The corridor between the offices and the service spaces, such as the pantries and toilets, is a shared zone that functions as a space for encounter. The occupants of the different offices can forge new plans here and that can lead to in new collaborations. The former sombre block is now a successful address for modern firms involved in one way or another with the audio-visual sector. The transparent glass façade gives the office building a contemporary appearance, while the typically industrial character of the building has been preserved.  Translucent glass panels  Light steel frame consisting of C-profiles  Steel perfo panels  Transfer to hook: - parapet - floor - wall -ceiling Translucent glass panels - toilet - pantry


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Reuse transformer vault client: Ontwikkelings Bedrijf Rotterdam programme: 2.500m2 hotel-restaurant building costs: â‚Ź 3.175.000,completion: 2004 location: Rotterdam

The transformer house, containing the STROOM hotel and restaurant, is part of the former Schiecentrale in Rotterdam. After the former electricity generating plant has been adapted to accommodate audio-visual firms, two large television studios were added and the 25kV building was completed. Then it was decided that the complex needed a restaurant and a hotel. Both are now housed in the former transformer house of the power plant. To house the restaurant and hotel, Mei architects and planners enlarged the transformer house with a glazed extension at one end. The existing tall spaces are earmarked for a brasserie and a nineteen-room hotel. The stairs, the offices and the hotel suite are located in the glazed extension. These clearly visible elements give the transparent side façade a lively appearance.


Rooflights The existing façade on Lloydstraat consists of a large, closed brick plane broken only by a small glazed addition. The industrial character of this façade was preserved by not punching any large windows through it for hotel rooms. Instead, the hotel rooms receive daylight from above through rooflights, and the starry sky is visible at night. Thanks to their 4-metre height, the hotel rooms consist of a lower level, containing an extensive bathroom that includes a sauna, and an upper level containing a comfortable bed with high-tech audio-visual equipment within easy reach. Beamers and wide, adjustable projection screens allow hotel guests to read the newspaper the full width of the room and thus determine their own ‘view’ from their room.


Grand cafĂŠ The hospitality section consists of a grand cafĂŠ, a lounge, a multimedia hall and a restaurant with open kitchen. An outdoor terrace and a roof terrace complete the picture. These amenities add to the Schiecentrale an ideal venue where creative entrepreneurs can meet and exchange ideas and where visitors to the Schiecentrale can spend the night.


Renovation national monument De Lijnbaan


Renovation of post-war national monument and shopping area De Lijnbaan 1st prize architect selection 2014 client: Eigenarenvereniging Lijnbaan construction: J.P. van Eesteren structural engineer: Pieters Bouwtechniek cultural-historical research: SteenhuisMeurs team Mei: Robert Winkel, Menno van der Woude, Roy Wijte, Ruben Aalbersberg, Kasia Domachovska status: realization phase 1: summer 2018

De Lijnbaan is world famous as the first car free shopping promenade, designed in the Rotterdam reconstruction period by Van den Broek & Bakema. De Lijnbaan was designed as an exclusive shopping area with 70 luxury shops. In 2010, De Lijnbaan ensemble was designated as a national monument. Mei architects and planners won the architect selection for the renewal of De Lijnbaan in 2014. Mei is very proud to be able to renovate this symbol of reconstruction and to restore the original high quality and 50s look in approximately 800 meters of Lijnbaan shopping promenade. De Lijnbaan will again be an area for shopping and staying. The renovation started in May 2018.


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Livingroom feeling The canopies that interconnect the shop premises are the most characteristic part of the design for De Lijnbaan by the architects Van den Broek & Bakema. Together with the ‘crossing canopies’ they connect the shopping area and frame the public space, creating a pleasant outdoor space, like a living room in the city. Ever since its construction in 1953, more and more has changed and the unity in the ensemble has disappeared. With the design of Mei architects and planners, the living room feeling will return on De Lijnbaan. Elements that have been added in a later stadium are being removed, the old canopies will be restored and with the use of wood and warm materials, the original quality will return. Mei has already successfully renovated several retail properties on De Lijnbaan, such as Lijnbaan 102 and Lijnbaan 77, on the corner with the Aert van Nesstraat. By using natural materials, ‘warm’ concrete and a lot of glass, Mei has beautifully restored the original character of the highquality post-war architecture of these stores.


Lijnbaan 77 (renovated by Mei in 2014)

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Lijnbaan 102 (renovated by Mei)

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Renovation in detail Mei started the design process with extensive research and mapping all existing façades. At some buildings, the original wooden ceiling parts were still present. They have been restored and will not be replaced. The attentive passerby will be able to notice the differences between the cherished monumental wooden parts and the new wooden parts. The glass canopies that were added around 1996 will be removed during this renovation. The original canopies are being repaired and the ceilings and fronts will be covered with sustainable Accoya wood. To limit the inconvenience for the shopkeepers, the wood is applied as prefabricated panels. The low-maintenance coating has already been applied in the carpentry factory. The storey façades, designed on a characteristic fixed grid of 1.10 meters, are also being renewed. Here, the existing vertical concrete elements are cleaned and restored, and those who are missing are returned. For this purpose, a special ‘set-up’ element has been developed from composite concrete. The cladding between the elements can vary, as in the original design. The niche between canopies and the continuous façade beam at the level of the first floor is also an important element in the design of De Lijnbaan. The concrete façade beam is restored by cleaning it, removing paint and repairing concrete damage. The niche is also carefully repaired over the entire length and provided with gauze as pigeon protection to prevent pollution in the future.

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Mock-up The plans for the renovation have been realized in close collaboration with the property owners, retailers, municipality, contractor, the Council for Cultural Heritage and the Rotterdam Commission for Monuments. Under the supervision of Mei, a mock-up was built in spring 2018 at the corner building Lijnbaan 76 and the adjacent building Lijnbaan 78. At this test location, a renovated canopy (Lijnbaan 76) and an original canopy with monumental elements (Lijnbaan 78) came together. In the mock-up, the detailing of the roof edge and the wooden canopy covering has been extensively tested and evaluated. After approval of all those involved, all façades between the Aert van Nesstraat and Van Oldenbarneveldtplaats could then be installed one after another.


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Renovation of a national Monument client: ASR Vastgoed Vermogensbeheer program: Retail 480 m2 team Mei: Robert Winkel, Menno van der Woude, Martin van der Werf, Roy Wijte, Reinoud van der Zijde consultants: historic research: SteenhuisMeurs material research: Lisette Kappers structural engineer: PBT fire: DGMR construction: builder: Koers, Rotterdam completion: 2012 - 2013 location: Lijnbaan 77, Rotterdam Commissioned by ASR Vastgoed, Mei architects and planners thoroughly renovated Lijnbaan 77, a national monument in Rotterdam. The typical details of the fifties and the original use of materials were the main starting points in the design. The Lijnbaan is one of the first post-war national monuments of the Netherlands, a period of reconstruction that counts as an important development in the history of Dutch architecture. It is a period of recovery and scarcity, but it also represents optimism and renewal. These characteristic values have been restored in the design in a more modern way. Lijnbaan 77 is located on the corner of Lijnbaan en the Aert van Nesstraat. De first retailer that occupied the building in 1952 was silversmith company Kempen Begeer and Vos. Both the exterior and interior of the shop were designed according to their wishes and in collaboration with architecture firm Van den Broek en Bakema. The interior has been modernized by Mei and adjusted to the contemporary retail-standards. The added shed onto the outer facade along the Aert van Nesstraat was removed, after which the authentic and original wooden shed could be restored. The warm and artisanal concrete of the facades was cleaned, and


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once again suits the current streetscape. The outer façade on the first floor was restored as well, now containing story-high glass panels, opening up the store’s interior to the public. In 2014, Mei architects and planners won the competition for the transformation of the facades and panels of the Lijnbaan and Korte Lijnbaan. For the last years there have been many changes in this section of the centre of Rotterdam. For instance, an area regulation pact, ‘Lijnbaanregeerakkoord’, was signed by the store owners, and Mei has restored many storefronts. By the application of natural materials, ‘warm’ concrete, and lots of glass, Mei has proved able to bring back the original character and high-standard post-war architecture of these stores.


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Lokhalle


Redevelopment locomotive site in Leverkusen competition finalist client: Cube Real Estate design: Mei architects and planners program: living, working and recreation team Mei: Robert Winkel, Michiel van Loon, Anton Wubben, Steef Meijer, Carsten Smink, Lisa Gotz, Roberto Magnanini, YanHang Lo

Mei architects and planners is one of four international offices that, after a preselection, was invited by Cube Real Estate to develop a plan for the adaptive reuse of a former locomotive plant Werk Opladen, near Leverkusen in Germany. Inside this impressive industrial hall, designed in 1899, locomotives and carriages were being repaired ever since 1903. Many people from Leverkusen worked here. Accordingly, many generations of professionals centered their lives around Opladen. After the closing of the factory in 2003, with which over a 1000 people lost their jobs, this chapter came to an end. With the upcoming transformation, the buildings that symbolize the pride of Opladen hold a new and bright future with a challenging and flexible program. The locomotive workshop (Lokhalle) contains of a series of connected industrial halls. Incorporated as well, are the campus for the Hogschule fßr Techniek (TH KÜln), and the Ketelhuis north of the Lokhalle that will be transformed into a restaurant. Mei’s vision is to turn the site into a flourishing and integral new neighbourhood within the city. This masterplan aims at helping the site become a unique and lively place for living, working, leisure and education.


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The Lokhalle The Lokhalle 3 will be the central meeting place, a nice area packed with history. This hall will be entirely preserved, with its raw concrete floor, old construction characteristics, and especially the space and light that comes from the glass inside the facades and roof. The original facades on the west, north, and east side will be preserved because of their historic value. They will be restored where needed to serve the program meant for the space. Together with the new building projects, it will form a beautiful composition of old and new. Next to preserving values such as light and space and the existing construction, greenery will be added to improve the climate and acoustics inside the space. Flexible program The program of the hall is very flexible and easily adaptable in the future. It contains of 2000m2 space for open functions. As it is a semi-outdoor space, strongly connected with the surroundings and local community. It is also very well suited for local events such as a Christmas market, a gathering of the local carnival association, or the live screening of sports events. The Lokhalle offers many possibilities offered for closed functions, such as fitness, that residents, students, and employees from the TH and offices can make use of. The hall is accessible from all sides of the building, as well as from the underground parking garage. The south side of the hall is connected to the Boulevard and the TH through a park. Through this park, the original railways also enters the building, and will remain visible in the flooring inside the building. From the ceiling hangs the so called ‘SonderstĂźck’, a beautiful locomotive from the old days.

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Living On the north side at the spot of the former Hallenschiffe 1 and 2 are five residential buildings consisting of six storeys. These residential buildings contain of a royal entrance hall attached to the Lokhalle, and are also accessible from the parking garage. These buildings are flexible in their layout. They are industrial in character, to fit in with the current expression of the Lokhalle. Each apartment has a private garden on the ground floor and a large terrace, as well as big windows for a stunning view. All dwellings lie adjacent to an inner courtyard and are east and west oriented, through which its residents will be able to enjoy both the morning and evening sun. The gardens are shared and will each have their own theme based on the people living in the adjacent units.

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Working On the south side, at the spot of the former Hallenschiffe 4 and 5, are four efficient office buildings adjacent to a public park. Each of these buildings are designed within the same design scheme. The location makes them very suitable for businesses that are related to the TH. Their design is very flexible. For instance, they have a depth of 13,5 metres, and the spaces are column free. They have been design with a cost-efficient method. The buildings are, like the residential buildings, connected to the Lokhalle and have a royal entrance hall. Because the Lokhalle offers many possibilities for meetings and gatherings, the office building concept is quite strong. Two green outdoor office spaces at the roof of the parking garage between the office buildings are available for use when the weather allows it.

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Restaurant On the south side of the entrance hall will be a special restaurant, on walking distance for the residential units. Old beams will be preserved, and with a glass roof on top this space becomes a beautiful conservatory-like restaurant. The restaurant will have an outside terrace during the afternoon and evening, as well as a unique terrace inside the Lokhalle. Architecture The architecture of new buildings will be reminiscent of post-war architecture: positive in design and with pride for the reconstruction of the area. There will be a subtle difference between the facade design for the residential buildings and that for the office buildings. Nevertheless, all structures will form one ensemble. The facades are made out of brick with a red glow, which will contrast slightly with the existing facades. The openings allow for plenty of light to enter, and also provide a beautiful view of the existing buildings and the gardens. These multiple vistas thus strengthen the connection with the Lokhalle.

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Spaardersbad Swimmingpool


Transformation monumental swimming pool to residential client(s): White House Development design: Mei architects and planners construction: PBT, Delft program: 6 Lofts team Mei: Robert Winkel, Martin van der Werf, Roberto Magnanini, Roy Wijte The name Spaardersbad comes from the many people of Gouda who, during the crisis (1933), scraped together just enough money to build an indoor swimming pool. The Spaardersbad has been listed a monument by the Municipality since 1990. It has a high historical usage value as Gouda’s first indoor swimming pool, where, over the last 70 years, the Gouda community has learned how to swim. Moreover, this building is a rare example of a pre-war indoor swimming pool. Architect Wolter Bakker from the construction firm ‘De Vereenigde Sportfondsenbaden’ designed the building. In January 1939 the Spaardersbad was opened, and soon after it became one of the most visited swimming pools in the Netherlands. Mei architects and planners & White House Development have developed a plan to preserve this special object and to transform it into a residential building with 6 unique apartments situated, like a circle, around the original pool. The swimming bath itself will remain as a pleasant green garden for the residents. The introvert, brick outer façade will remain intact as well. Adjustments to the façade will be minimal, such as the adding of some window vistas. Enhancing the symmetry of the building, a new main entrance will make It possible for the residents to enter their dwellings from the heart of the building.


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To obtain light and air, the roof will be opened up, which will then expose the original steel roof construction. The construction continues inside the residential spaces where it will add a special layer of historical-building value to the interior. Wooden boardwalks or bridges will provide entrance to the apartments at the height of the 1st floor (about 3 meters) above the pool. At the same height, the apartments will also contain a private veranda with view of the inner garden. The living sections of the apartments are situated here on the 1st floor, whereas the sleeping sections are situated one level below. Inside the original tiled walls of the pool small openings will be made to let daylight through to the sleeping areas. All apartments will also have a private garden. At the spot of the original characteristic chimney, a new glass elevator shaft will be placed. On top of this shaft there will be an artistic element that refers to the form and height of the original chimney.

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Oceaanhuis


Transformation of a modern business palace into monumentale lofts client: Waterford Investments & Vervat Vastgoed design: Mei architects and planners construction: Pieters Bouwtechniek cultural-historic research: SteenhuisMeurs program: 184 apartments team Mei: Robert Winkel, Robert Platje, Remko Eppink, Chris Idema, Ed de Rooij, Roberto Magnanini, Chiel Bikker, Daniella Persson, Lukasz Grela, Anton Wubben, Frank Huibers realization: construction started summer 2018 Mei will breathe new life into the former Stokvisbuilding at the Westzeedijk in Rotterdam (better known as the Oceanhouse). Commissioned by Waterford Investments & Vervat Vastgoed, this national monument will be converted to a unique residential building. The building was originally built for the company firm Stokvis & Zn., renowned for their industrial products and mopeds (Zundapp and Puch). The Stokvis-building was a ‘modern business palace’ with novelties such as car-passages through the building and a covered in her courtyard with a cafeteria and roof terrace. The modern business palace of the firm Stokvis & Zn. was bombed during World War II and badly damaged, but afterwards rebuilt in the same form, but with different facade and interior design. In 1973 Stokvis moved to another location and ever since the national monument has been in use by several companies, among which the School for Applied Sciences, the Police, and the Municipality of Rotterdam. The monumental elements will stay intact, such as the royal entrance hall at the Heiman Dullaertplein, the Gothic hall, the Tudor hall, and the cafeteria on the roof. Mei architects and planners will add a new time layer to this monument, while respecting the existing building, by placing a modern volume on top of the building. After the transformation, the Oceaanhuis will be a unique loft-apartment building.


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R.S. Stokvis en Zonen, Zetbanken in het Oceaanhuis (bron CV Steenhuis Meurs)

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Varied program The program consists of about 250 residential units of many types (50-250 m2): family apartments, studios, loft apartments, corner apartments, live-work apartments and penthouses. By connecting the current light shafts through the building, the floorplan consists of an inner circle and an outer circle. The units in the inner circle lie adjacent to the atrium. This space was originally used for the loading and unloading of trucks for the factory, and will be transformed into a unique inner courtyard for residents. The units in the outer circle are directly accessible from the street. These lofts will have beautiful monumental high ceilings with

rounded ceiling corners and monumental windows. The original staircases will be connected to the inner circle to access the units on the roof. The new volume forms a ring around a collective roof terrace. Because of this, the new built elements blend in with the existing monumental elements, such as the cafeteria space and the Juliana hall, in a charming and natural way.


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De Generaal


transformation of office into residential building client: Aertgeerts Bouwgroep design & process: Mei architects and planners & EyeOnProperty program: 200 apartements / 23.600 m2 building costs: 18.700.000,team Mei: Robert Winkel, Michiel van Loon, Robert Platje, Ed de Rooij, Geert Krusemann, Yan Hang Lo, Anja Lübke, Roberto Magnanini, Kasia Ephraim, Frank Huibers

The former headquarters of the Belastingdienst (Dutch tax authorities) in Rijswijk will be transformed into residential building ‘De Generaal’. At the initiative of Artgeerts Bouwgroep, Mei architects and planners, together with EyeOnProperty, has developed a smart plan to transform this centrally located office building into a flexible and sustainable apartment complex for youth and seniors. With a new glass façade and internal renovation the residential spaces will have a great view around. A floor height of 3 meters and glass from floor to ceiling gives these apartments unique spatial qualities. This type of living proposes a great addition to the current residential offerings in Rijswijk which consists mainly of single-family rowhouses and tenement houses. Part of the ground floor is reserved for commercial facilities, such as restaurants and cafés. The attractive and lively plinth will help to improve the quality of public space and the connection with the surrounding area. The existing basement of the former building will be re-used to house the individual storage rooms.

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Bridge of Sighs


Bridge of Sighs new connection between two listed monuments client: Van Stigt Thans AssurantiĂŤn program: 8 m2 team Mei: Robert Winkel, Menno van der Woude, Sander Geurtsen, Robert Platje, Pepijn Berghout, Karl Oscarson, Serkar Jaff, Michiel van Loon completion: 2013 location: Schiedam, NL Jan Van Stigt Thans has been a regular client of Mei for over 20 years. Van Stigt Thans occupies a refined and stylish listed building on Lange Nieuwstraat in Schiedam. Robert Winkel carried out restoration work on the building as early as the 1990s, and in 2003 Mei constructed a glazed addition on the ground floor to connect with an adjoining monumental warehouse bought by Van Stigt Thans.

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The solution found by Mei did not involve repeating the glazed connection. Instead, it proposes a white ‘cloud’. The new bridge, a self-supporting structure of steel and glass, is faced in white, perforated steel panels. Refined, abstract 3D motifs that refer to the original cast-iron ornaments of the balconies of the listed building are incorporated into the panels by means of rubber presses. To ensure the privacy of occupants, what happens inside cannot be seen from outside, but occupants do enjoy views out of the building. The design is measured by means of a point cloud and then the 3D-BIM model is elaborated on this scanned base layer. The bridge is reversible to allow future owners to remove it if desired. The warehouse can also be restored to its original condition because the openings made in the facade for the bridge have the same proportions as the original window frames.

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Mei architects and planners constructed a glazed addition on the ground floor to connect the monumental bankers home with an adjoining monumental warehouse bought. The connecting volume is as immaterial as possible, with a construction of structural glass. In order to anticipate changes in the future, the addition is totally reversible.


‘De Fabriek’ Delfshaven


Transformation of an old factory prizes: Roterodamum Restauratieprijs 2013, 2e prijs Rotterdam Architectuurprijs 2013, shortlist juryprijs Rotterdam Arc hitectuurprijs 2013, 2e prijs publieksclient: Havensteder / Lingotto construction: BAM woningbouw Rotterdam program: 3560 m2 team Mei: Robert Winkel, Menno van der Woude, Robert Platje, Martin van der Werf, Ben de Lange, Reinoud van der Zeijde, Pepijn Berghout cultural and historical analysis: SteenhuisMeurs building costs: â‚Ź 4.000.000 completion: 2012 location: Mathenesserdijk 410, Rotterdam, NL publications o.a. Cobouw, 2013 De Architect, 2013 Bouwwereld, 2012 Architectenweb Magazine, 2012

In the heart of the vibrant Delfshaven district on the banks of the Schie in Rotterdam lies a distinctive old factory complex that over the years had lost much of its sheen and vitality. Years of vacancy and neglect had thrown the ensemble of characteristic buildings, which had grown into one another, into an almost irreversible process of deterioration. The exterior of the former steam laundry has two distinctive fronts: to the street a row of traditional dike houses, and to the River Schie a factory-looking front complete with tall chimney.


1 1892 VESTIGING ROELOFF’S IN DELFSHAVEN

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The Delfshaven district is a charming mixture of social housing and elegantly monumental structures. People who live there want to stay there. And the same goes for those who work there. That is why the Stichting Havensteder decided to transform one of the most striking buildings – The Delfshaven Factory – into a multi-tenant complex for small, creative and individualist entrepreneurs. To make the most of the opportunity, they immediately sat around the table with concept developer Lingotto, Mei and the contractor, and together they set out to preserve this monumental complex. Much of the design work was done in real-time during the building process because surprises often came to light only after removing layers during renovation. 2

The strategic design by Mei was based on preserving the existing aesthetic, cultural-historical and structural quality. The approach involved consolidating and strengthening these historical elements, which were then incorporated into the scheme for the complex’s conversion into a series of small-scale and flexible commercial units. The collapsed and dilapidated section was replaced by an atrium.

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The completed complex contains 36 unique commercial spaces and a large hall that can host a range of activities. Also included are amenities for the neighbourhood, including two restaurants, a yoga studio and a creative out-of-school facility for children. Commercial spaces are flexible in layout and can be joined together if desired. A central, well-lit atrium occupies the place where the original middle section had collapsed and now forms the dynamic heart of the four-level factory. The atrium serves a range of purposes: circulation space (including stairs and a lift), public space with shared amenities such as lunch areas, meeting islands and swinging seats. Daylight penetrates deep into the building through the new glasshouse roof. Glazing sections between the commercial units and the atrium create an openness and transparency that facilitates maximum synergy with other occupants and stimulates collaboration.

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The atrium makes use of the characteristic facade openings that have been preserved. Additions such as the steel structure in the atrium are minimalist and feature a uniform colour palette to preserve the existing spatial quality. Bronze-coloured facades that harmonise with the streetscape characterise the new additions. Crowning the atrium is an industrial glasshouse roof that can be opened in the summer. Many of the materials used, such as plasterboard, steel and glass, are sustainable and recyclable and come with Cradle-to-Cradle certifications. The Factory responds optimally to the needs of local young entrepreneurs thanks to the functional and flexible rental units, as evidenced by the waiting list for new tenants. The success of neighbourhood amenities also illustrates the strong local anchoring in the Delfshaven district.

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Rijksadministratie Gouda


Transformation of former Military Hospital into 6 monumental villas client: White House Development bv program: 6 villas (300-400 m2), 3000 m2 tuin team Mei: Robert Winkel, Menno van der Woude, Martin van der Werf, Roy Wijte, Kasia Domachovska, Anne Berkers completion: 2017 location: Karnemelksloot, Gouda The former Military Hospital in Gouda is a listed monument, originally built in 1870. It is a fine example of early 19th century architecture, with a large garden including monumental trees. The building counts two stories of 5 meters high, and an attic with so-called Philibert trusses, trusses made from trees that have grown crooked deliberately. In the 70s the building is rebuilt as office for the state administration and got the inscription: Rijks-administratie. At that time an emergency staircase is added on the outside and the whole building is provided with lowered ceiling boards. These later additions will be removed and the building will be redeveloped with 6 luxury vertically linked villas (300-400 m2). The villas extend over four or five floors, from basement to attic. Potential buyers are able to choose their own customized interior. All homes also have a private outdoor space, besides the shared use of the large monumental garden.


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Confectiefabriek


Adaptive re-use of the Confectiefabriek into residential building client: Open Development bv design: mei architects and planners team Mei: Robert Winkel, Roy Wijte, Yan Hang Lo program: 25 apartments realization: 2018

In 1920, the Confectiefabriek (factory for ready-towear clothing) from the brothers Groosjohan moved into the corner house at the Aleidisstraat and Jan van Avennesstraat in the Rotterdam neighbourhood Middelland. Now, almost a century later, there is little left of the original allure of this characteristic building. The verticality has largely disappeared and many characteristic details are missing. The transformation proposal by Mei plans to firstly renovate the outer faรงade. The original brick facade and flagpole above the majestic entrance will be restored. The windows and window-frames will retain their original colours, and vertical glazing bars will be added to the top windows. To improve the transition of the building into public space, the implementation of greenery and front doors at street level will soothe the ground level junction. The hole in the street faรงade at the spot of the alley at the Jan van Avennesstraat will be filled up with a new building volume containing two newly built houses. The programme consists of 25 residential spaces in total, with an average size of 85 square meters.


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The accommodations will have loft-like qualities with big windows, plenty of daylight, and a significant floor height. On the roof, a number of loft-apartments with green roof-patios will be added. To enter the dwellings, the original and characteristic stairwell can be used. The old factory will present a strong stimulus to the neighbourhood, both in its program offerings as well as in its expression.


OPG site Utrecht


Feasibility study redevelopment of the OPG and bus location in the Merwedekanaalzone in Utrecht. client: Municipality Utrecht design: Mei architects and planners project team: Municipality Utrecht, Mei architects and planners, RealNomics, Pieters Bouwtechniek program: approx. 2000 dwellings, 40,000 m2 business, 150 meters Parc, 1450 parking spaces Team Mei: Robert Winkel, Michiel van Loon, Thomas Bianchi The OPG site together with the bus parking are part of sub-area 5 in the Merwedekanaalzone in Utrecht. The municipality has the ambition to develop this subarea into a highly urban area with a mix of housing, business and social facilities. Assignment Mei has been asked by the Municipality of Utrecht to investigate the social added value of the existing facilities and buildings in the existing qualities of the OPG and Bus site. This process can be characterized as a practical search for the identity of the area. This search included the development of spatial models and volume studies, constructive studies of the existing buildings and new constructions, research into the program for the promotion of the area, studies on healthy urbanization by means of green parking, functional mixing, energy and city on eyelevel. Based on this extensive research, core values have been determined that can be retained, strengthened, and/ or added. Mei also developed a dynamic plan with various urban development scenarios. History The OPG site has developed over the past years as a breeding ground for creative, small-scale and social companies and is now well known. Several companies have indicated that they would like to settle here permanently. The history of the site is characterized by both social and innovative activity. Originally, the Onderline Farmaceutische Groothandel (OPG) was established on the site, which was created by a pharmacy guild where medicines were developed, manufactured and distributed in an innovative way. The Municipal Social Workplace added a social function to the area. The Municipal Transport Company Utrecht cleverly extended the lifespan of city buses. Nowadays, it is still important as an office destination under the name Qbuzz and for building and maintenance of city buses.


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Interviews The starting point of our feasibility study was interviewing all present entrepreneurs. Who are they, what do they do? And what contribution do they make to both the OPG site and the entire area? The innovative and social activity of the early days can still be found, for example at Blue Linked, Stadsbrug WIJ3.0. and I Did Slow Fashion. Multi-company building and meeting center De Alchemist is a social addition, Vechtclub XL is for creative entrepreneurs, and after the arrival of Boulderhal Sterk, Skatepark Utrecht, Circus Diedom, restaurant De Klub and Brouwerij De Kromme Haring, the OPG area also contains sports and recreational facilities. Mei has spoken to all people involved.

creative entrepreneurs VechtclubXL landscapeinterventions.nl

workshops in the fightclub source: vechtclubxl.nl

Industrial heritage The OPG site is characterized by optimistic postwar architecture from the 1950s and 1960s. The ensemble structure, with readable production flows, and the reasonably good state make this a unique, historical complex. Mei has done research on the flexibility, adaptability and constructive possibilities of the existing buildings. The various buildings are valued based on architectural and cultural-historical importance. The study gives three possible outcomes. For a few buildings, the expiration date has expired, and they can be demolished. Some buildings could be temporarily used in the area development and some buildings are, according to the research, valuable within the ensemble and promising for the future. In the follow-up phase, research will be conducted into the financial feasibility of maintaining the buildings.


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Added Value The Merwedekanaalzone must become a mixed area that is attractive for both living, working and staying. At the moment, a number of companies have been established here that can also be perfectly accommodated in the future residential area, and they can provide significant added value for the area. The creative sector in particular contributes to social issues, economic added value and strong profiling of the area and the city. Community The combination of old and new is visibly reinforced by means of careful integration of urban new buildings into industrial heritage. This results in a special neighborhood that embraces the rough and free identity of the OPG and the Bus site grounds and generates an appropriate residential product for people with the same “mindset�. Healthy Urban Living The feasibility study is aimed at developing an area where existing and new identity reinforce each other, and where healthy urban living is priority. The urban integration of new buildings (housing) with industrial heritage is based on the vision that the new must be in line with the character of the existing buildings. The OPG and bus site can thus develop into a place for healthy, urban life where the public space is a welltended, green environment with small-scale facilities. The program consists of a lively mix of creative activity, relaxation, facilities and housing. A new urban residential area that the city can be proud of. The public space is spacious with many sunny and wind-free living areas. Healthy in a green environment,

Quality model (T=4)

where pedestrians and cyclists have priority. The courts, streets and squares form green habitats where park and water are always nearby. A smart mix of active programs in the plinth ensures liveliness during the day and in the evening. Mei has developed various development scenarios.


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OPG Hof The development of the zone along the Koningin Wilhelminalaan has also been included in the various scenarios. By developing new buildings along this avenue an attractive urban space is created, a court with a combination of existing and new buildings. Variant with building M as Food Depot In this variant the courts typology is continued. Around the existing buildings, intimate and lively courts with a pleasant scale emerge. The courts are collective and public. In addition, the area is characterized by public streets and squares. The courtyards around the ensemble of OPG buildings are characterized by the bulk halls, company building, manufacturing building, former head office on Europalaan and the assembly hall on the water. Building M has a special function in its entirety because it connects the central square and the park to the canal. Good sun and permeability is an important starting point in the design of this urban structure. The mix of industrial heritage and new construction creates a high-quality living environment; characteristic of a layered city with a strong identity.

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Kabeldistrict Delft


New developments in former factory client: KondorWessels Vastgoed programm: mix van start-up woningen, appartementen en bedrijvigheid (400.000 m2) team Mei: Robert Winkel, Michiel van Loon, Anton Wubben, Katerina Jovic, Lukasz Grela, Jan van der Kamp location: Schieweg, Delft

The Kabeldistrict Delft is the start of new developments on the banks of the Schie in Delft. The municipality Delft has the ambition to intensify the area of the existing characteristic cable factory and wants to offer space for start-ups at this centrally located location. This gives the development of this former factory site an innovative and typical Delft character. De Kabelfabriek on the Schieweg in Delft is in use since 1914. In 1949 the current hall was put into use, and in 1962 an extension followed. The peak years for the Dutch Cable Factory (NKF) took place around 1975, but after 1987 it went downhill. In 2002, Van der Helm buys the building and from 2009 onwards, in consultation with the municipality several small-scale entrepreneurs were established in the old cable factory and created business. In the design by Mei architects and planners commissioned by KondorWessels, the Kabelfabriek becomes a unique mix of start-up homes, apartments and businesses. The development embraces and reinforces the character of the old factory and has a typical Delft ambiance with narrow streets and green courts.


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1. De bestaande Kabelfabriek

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5. Gaten in de bestaande gevel om straten toegankelijk te maken

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The roof will be removed from the existing cable factory, but the characteristic steel construction will remain partly. These steel lattice beams form characteristic elements in the buildings as well as in the public space. The extension from 1962 will be demolished and a parking garage will be built on that spot. In the future, there will no longer be parked on the street. New buildings will be placed on the existing factory floor, and in the existing factory faรงade, recesses are made to make the new streets accessible. The street pattern has a hierarchy, varying from public to semipublic.

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The addition of articulated volumes in several levels ensure the desired compaction and a pleasant human scale and size. In the heart of de Kabeldistrict is a small-scale center with facilities, and along the Schie a small harbor will be realized with restaurants and terraces in the evening sun. The area connects to the other side of the Schie with a new bicycle and pedestrian bridge. The plan is sustainable and climate adaptive designed with, among other things, active green roofs and sufficient water storage. The unique living and working environment contributes to a strong community feeling.

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SCYE010


transformation of former DCMR office Schiedam into a healthy and green residential building client: SOM Nederland design: Mei architects and planners program: ca. 230 flexible apartments and utilities (21.600 m2) team Mei: Robert Winkel, Robert Platje, Chiel Bikken, Leen Kooman, Simona Subaciute consultants: Pieters Bouwtechniek Nieman raadgevende ingenieurs Rho adviseurs Sylryk Movares Linthorst Techniek Commissioned by SOM Nederland, Mei is working on the transformation of the former office building of the Environmental service DCMR in Schiedam. This building will be transformed into a pleasant residential building with more than 230 flexible apartments for young professionals: SCYE010. The former DCMR office is a real 70s building, situated at the ’s-Gravenlandseweg in Schiedam. Characterized by horizontal windows and masonry parapets. The building has been vacant for years. After the transformation, rental houses will be developed for starters, but also for knowledge workers who want to live in the city. The floor layouts are flexible because of the existing column structure. The existing large storey height will give the homes a generous free height of three meters. This type of loft apartment is a new product in Schiedam and will add quality to the city. The former building will be stripped and provided with new façades, in combination with rich detailed masonry alternated with high-quality aluminium cladding. The façade design at the ‘s Gravelandseweg is designed as a formal cityfaçade which responds to the scale and size of the environment. The original division in four parts has been retained, like the


cascading descend towards the city centre. Subtle variations in the façade composition emphasize the individual apartments. The other façade at the ‘s Graveland was designed as a more informal residential façade, with cantilevering balconies and lots of greenery. Two new storeys are added to the existing building, one of them as a setback with terraces around. Taking a healthy living environment into account, the building will have a lot of ‘green’. The existing parking garage, the balconies and the roofs will be generously provided with greenery. A collective outdoor space with a glass greenhouse for ‘city gardening’ will be

placed on the garage deck. On the roof of the building is a common rooftop terrace where residents can enjoy the beautiful view. A lot of opportunities for shared facilities are added in the active plinth, like a caretaker, shared living room, a coffee bar, possible flex-work stations and a launderette or a gym. In order to respond to changing forms of mobility and to stimulate the use of bicycles and electric cars, new mobility systems such as car sharing, bike sharing and charging points for electric cars have been integrated in the plan.


SCYE010 has a wide variety of housing types, such as garden houses, terrace houses, studios and roof apartments. The apartments can be flexibly arranged with a compact core containing bathroom, toilet and a spacious storage room. For example, it is possible to set up a sleeping niche and to create a living space over the entire width of the apartment.

Both the west side, with a view on the historic centre and windmills of Schiedam, and the east side, with a panoramic view of the skyline of Rotterdam, will have spectacular views. With high-quality insulation, heat and cold storage and no use of natural gas, this project is of course also very sustainable. Project SCYE010, with a name that refers to the former Schiedam (Scyedam), has a positive outlook: on a sustainable future for young professionals in Schiedam.


Q-site


Adaptive re-use of Q-site ‘de Heerlijkheid’

client: Havenbedrijf Rotterdam design: Mei architects and planners & BVR team Mei: Robert Winkel, Michiel van Loon, Anja Lübke, Geert Krusemann location: Quarantine site, Rotterdam

Hidden in the middle of the Rotterdam Harbour lays the old Quarantine facility, a startlingly green oasis with artistic installations and old brick barracks. It is a special place, and not without reason. In 1934, the site was completed as a quarantine facility where contaminated sailors could be dropped before their ship would sail into the harbour. Nowadays, this site is a refuge owned by the Port of Rotterdam, and, since 2010, a listed monument. Some dozens of unique artists live and work here. The old facility is situated on an isolated peninsula along the south shore of the Maas, next to the RDM and near Dorp Heijplaat. Together with BVR advisors, Mei is researching the possibilities of giving this site a new purpose as an area to work and find peace, a selfsufficient island, an accessible and open green place for the people of Rotterdam. History As a trade nation, the Netherlands has dealt with large amounts of overseas passengers throughout history. A 1877 law forced arrivals with contagious illnesses into quarantine immediately after arrival. The prevention of contamination with tropical diseases used to be a state task. However, in 1915 it became the municipality’s responsibility to take passengers into quarantine. This forced the city of Rotterdam to make plans for the construction of a quarantine-facility within the city. Especially the boom of the harbour city


with resulting fear for contaminated seafarers pushed the city to buy the Beneden Heijplaat area in 1919. The Beneden Heijplaat site was viewed as an appropriate location for the facility, not only because of its location directly at the Maas river, but 4. also 10. because 5. of its short distance from the city2. centre, which would 1. be helpful considering the supply chain of products and 9. 6. workers.

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The state was closely involved with the realization of 7. the facility, since this specific establishment would also  Luchtfoto of uit circa 1935. be the flagship location the country. Construction 4. zusterhuis OPLEVERING De inrichting is net opgeleverd en de strakke opzet met paden8.en lage heggen is goed zichtbaar. Op de luchtfoto van 1920, pagina 11, is plans were alwayshetshared with thezienGovernment terrein helemaal leeg. Hier we wel boombeplanting, waaronder populieren (snelgroeiers), met name rondom de aankomststeiger en bij de afscheiding van de zone met contactbarakken. Voor het onsmettingsgebouw is een ovaalvormige tuinaanleg te zien. Op de foto Buildings Agency.isTheir advice was to design buildings, een tweede aanlegsteiger bij de contactbarakken zichtbaar. De paden zijn licht van kleur, dat strookt niet met de bestektekst waarin staat dat decharacter paden van ‘koolasch’ zijn. De afronding van de bochten doet vermoeden dat hier ook geen klinkerbestrating betreft. not of semi-permanent which was usually the case, but for long term. This resulted in one of the 5. isoleerbarak

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Workshop Quarantaineterrein Rotterdam 22 september 2016 SteenhuisMeurs

5. Een nieuwe toegang via het water past bij het oorspronkelijke ontwerp.

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3. Versterk het idee van één ontsluitingsroute.

From:52 Cultural-historic Research Report by SteenhuisMeurs quarantaineterrein

8. Zoekgebieden nieuwbouw: spiegellocaties 9. Behoud de kwaliteit en het unieke karakter van de architectuur (op elk schaalniveau) die bepalend is voor de identiteit van het gebied. 10. Behoud de alzijdigheid van de gevels. Dat betekent: behoud indeling, materialisatie en detaillering.


few quarantine-facilities around the world with brick buildings instead of wooden barracks. It is also one of the few still existing facilities. Construction and design The facility was built between 1930 and 1933 after the design by municipal architect J.G. Snuif, and under supervision of W.G. Witteveen and A. van der Steur. The first sketches from 1927 already show a segregation into 4 zones: East, West, North, and South. They form the base of the quarantine-system that consists of a strict division between the ill, people that have been in contact with the ill, and the employees with logistical functions. The zones were separated by privet hedges, and surrounded by green lawns. Besides international influences, the design for the facility was also shaped by the hand of supervisor Van der Steur. He probably chose a homely expression with the use of brick, as a ways to make the facility more humane, approachable, and suitable for a community. The result is an isolated enclave; an ensemble of monumental buildings that nevertheless possesses a village-like feel. The spatial hierarchy of the structures, paths and greenery is still recognizable to this day.

Principle #1

New build ‘mirror locations’ should be in line with the orthogonal alignment of the site and keep in mind the orthogonale aanleg terrein location of the main entrance.

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Use The facility was never actually used. Because of improved hygienic circumstances and the invention of penicillin in 1885, treatment methods changed. Nevertheless, the site has been used for multiple other purposes. In 1938, it functioned as a shelter for Jewish refugees from Germany and Austria that wanted to travel to the United States or Great-Britain. In 1940 the Germans took over the facility as a base for their Kriegsmarine. After the war the site was used as an isolation place for typhoid patients, in 1946 for patients with tuberculosis, and after 1949 for the treatment of Dutch soldiers from the Dutch east indies that suffered from smallpox. The psychiatric hospital Maasoord situated itself in the barracks in 1953. They left however, after which it became the property of Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf Rotterdam.

dichte gevels vs. open plint

Principle #2

The characteristic facades, with their clear distinction between plinth, facade with openings, and enclosed roof canopy’s, return in its new build ‘mirror locations’.

Recent developments During the early 80s the ‘contact barracks’ were demolished, while other buildings were squatted by artists, most of which still live there. These new inhabitants have cherished the site throughout the years. It has transformed into a more park-like area with high trees and artistic follies. For the last couple of years, the larger area has seen much change. The neighbouring RDM-site transformed from a harbour area into a campus for students and innovative entrepreneurs, which brought more attention to the old quarantine-facility.

Principle #3

Existing buildings are characterised by symmetrye symmetrical organization and facade. This will also be a point of departure for new build design ideas.


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Future vision The left-over structures still possess a strong functional character and expressive design. This appearance, together with the historical context of the building and the landscape and isolated position give this site its unique values that will play a central role in the future vision of the facility. The existing buildings will be restored and possibly expanded. There is also the wish to add new buildings to the ensemble. The area will be repurposed into a place for work and for relaxation, a self-sufficient island, a so-called ‘Heerlijkheid’ in Dutch. The national monument will

become an accessible and open green place for the people of Rotterdam. The possibilities for expansion of the existing buildings in the centre of the site will be explored. It could give them the opportunity to function as a public meeting place with collective green space.


new build

Adjustments by Mei Based on cultural-historic research done by SteenhuisMeurs, Mei is working, together with BVR, on the redevelopment of the old facility into a so-called ‘Heerlijkheid’. Apart from the restoration and possible extensions of existing structures — such as the Ontsmettingsgebouw or the Isoleerbarak — there

are areas for complete new buildings. These might house general and technical or public services, and strengthen the idea of the area as a Heerlijkheid/ Sublimity. It is important that these new buildings, like existing ones, will be situated on a green orthogonal plot and that there is a significant amount of space separating them from the existing structures. There are also three architectonical principles that have been defined for these new projects.


Orphanage Gouda


Boutiquehotel and apartments insinde unique ensemble of historic buildings in Gouda client: White House Development program: Boutiquehotel and restaurant (920 m2), apartments (2220 m2) team Mei: Robert Winkel, Michiel van Loon, Ed de Rooij, Chiel Bikker, Kasia Ephraim realisation: 2019

This former orphanage is a unique collection of historic buildings in the centre of Gouda. The special listed monuments constitute a culturally and historically valuable location. The Orphanage ensemble is located in the oldest and most atmospheric part of the town, between greenery and other top monuments such as St. John’s Church. The rich history, and the stories of the people who were part of this, play an important role in the hotel concept. WHD and Mei architects and planners dove in the history of the individual buildings and the history of Gouda. The proposed transformation of the orphanage into a luxurious hotel & restaurant and apartments for young people will make the colourful history visible and tangible again. The future use will be connected with the cultural heritage in a natural way. The layout of the new plan follows naturally from the existing buildings of the orphanage. The Patersteeg, which separates the buildings in the current situation, will form a connecting passage. Here, the rich history of the Orphanage ensemble will be provided with a contemporary layer. The alley will transform into an architectural exhibition space. Along the walls of the passage historical images illustrate Goudas stories. A glass roof will make the space windand rain free. During the day, the passage is free to the public, during the evening the entrance can be locked.


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figure 1 Monument map of Gouda, 1847 figure 2 The regents of the orphanage and almshouse discuss the design drawings for the new wing and the gatehouse, that are laid out on the table. Painted by Jan Verzuil | 1644 figure 3 Old group photo dining room

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Jeruzalemstraat 11 1850-1875 gemeentelijk monument

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monument ter nagedachtenis van de in de Tweede Wereldoorlog vermoorde Goudse Joden patersteeg

figure 5 Ensemble of historic buildings

Raoul Wallenberg plantsoen archeologisch monument

figure 6 Inner courtyard, 2015

gymnastieklokaal Groeneweg 30a 1884 gemeentelijk monument

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The history of the orphanage will not only be tangible inside the alley, but through the entire building ensemble. For instance, each hotel room will be decorated with a historic painting. Stories and fragments of the history of the building will be subtly incorporated into the interior design of the building through the use of texts. Also, the employees will be encouraged to tell and share the stories of the building. The hotel is organized around the monumental Weeshuishof (courtyard), which will become one of the most charming terraces in the Netherlands. The lobby and lounge areas of the hotel will be located on the ground floor, while the hotel suites, accessible from the Patersteeg, will be situated on the second floor. On the other side of the Patersteeg, and in the former gymnastics building there will be apartments for youth. The apartments will be compact, but with loft-like qualities because of the available height and possibility to create an entresol. The apartments will be grouped around an attractive and cozy joint courtyard.

7 figure 7 Existing Patersteeg figure 8 Cross-section Patersteeg figure 9 The Patersteeg provides access to the hotel suites and is open to the public during the day. This location will bring together the rich history of the orphanage and the contemporary style of the boutique hotel.

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ijn diverse kamers en suites beschikbaar. Van compacte tot ruime suites en unieke entresolkamers

figure 12 plan first floor figure 13 The former regent’s room on the ground floor transformed into stylish winebar. figure 14 plan ground floor

11 Comfortabele suites voorzien van gestreken linnen, warme materialen op de vloer en veel daglicht door de hoge ramen

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Slaakhuys


Revitalization of a national monument client: Stichting Havensteder & Lingotto realisation: 2012- 2013 program: ca. 10.000 m2 team Mei: Robert Winkel, Menno van der Woude, Martin van der Werf, Roy Wijte location: Slaak 34-38, Rotterdam NL

The Slaakhuys, located at Slaak 34-38 in Rotterdam, was the former editorial office and printworks of the Vrije Volk newspaper. It was built in 1952-1954 to a commission from the Arbeiderspers publishing company by the architects J.J.M. Vegter and P.A. Leupen. In 2010 the Slaakhuys was selected as one of the top 100 buildings valued as recognised sites of post-war heritage. In recent years the building has fallen into disrepair owing to vacancy and squatting. Stichting Havensteder, owner of the structure, is now working to redevelop the building. In addition to a concept for redevelopment and a plan to restore the facade, Mei architects and planners was commissioned by Stichting Havensteder to draw up a vision for the entire restoration. The aim of this vision is to establish a restoration framework for (future) interventions and transformations of the Slaakhuys.


1954

Redactie Het Vrije Volk Uitgeverij De Arbeiderspers

1954 Uitgeverij en drukkerij De Arbeiderspers

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1954

Eerste editie Het Volk

1900

Kantoor deelgemeente Rotterdam Kralingen Crooswijk

1966- 1970 jaren ‘90

Uitbreiding aan het Emantspad

Vergroting entresol en sluiting vide voor gebruik door deelgemeente.

Boekhandel, reisbureau en expositieruimte gevestigd in de lobby

Sloop entree voormalige boekenwinkel

Gebouw drukkerij en uitgeverij Voorwaarts en redactie dagblad Het Volk opgeleverd Architect: H.P. Berlage

Gebouw Voorwaarts in gebruik als krantenredactie en drukkerij, Onderverdieping gebruikt als koffiehuis, bakkerij en winkels.

1910 Voltooiing telegraafkabel onder de Stille Oceaan. Eerste elektrische netwerk rond de wereld.

tijdlijn

Dienstengebouw gebouwd op de fundamenten van het het gebouw van H.P. Berlage

jaren ‘90- 2002

1920 WOI

Eerste radio uitzending in Nederland.

Fusie Voorwaarts met twee andere uitgeverijen tot De Arbeiderspers.

1930

Pand beschadigd bij bombardement. Wordt opgelapt en productie voortgezet.

De krant “Het Volk” gaat verder onder de naam : “Het Vrije Volk”

1940 Geboorte Rupert Murdoch.

WOII, bombardement op Rotterdam in 1940

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Eerste televisie uitzen in de VS


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Vestiging fietstaxibedrijf 1990 2011

1. Casco renovatie buitenschil. 7. Mogelijke uitbreiding op dak van drukkerij

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- Interieur dienstengebouw - Verwijdering van jaren ‘70 aanbouw aan het dienstengebouw

4. Interieur voormalige zetterij/drukkerij 2002

bewoning door krakers

3. Reconstructie van de lobby, parasol, voormalige boekwinkel en doorkijken naar drukkerij.

FASERING RESTAURATIE

w en oplevering Slaakhuys door de architecten: Vegter en Leupen ns de bouw gaat het drukken verder in een te slopen deel van Berlage. bruik door uitgeverij De Arbeiderspers en redactie Het Vrije Volk.

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2. Interieur van kantoorvolume.

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Uitgeverij verhuist naar Witte de Withstraat. Slaakhuys in gebruik als kantoor voor deelgemeente Rotterdam Kralingen Crooswijk.

1970 Neil Armstrong loopt op de maan.

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Laatste editie Het Vrije Volk

1990 Bill Gates lanceert Windows

Slaakhuys wordt gemeentelijk wederopbouw monument.

Vestiging Snookercentrum, Verbouw entresolverdieping.

Introductie World Wide Web.

Slaakhuys bewoond door krakers.

2000 Introductie Google.

Gebruik door fietstaxibedrijf, en 2012 architecten Slaakhuys krijgt status Rijksmonument.

2010 Eerste editie gratis dagblad Metro.


The Slaakhuys is noteworthy as one of the first heritage sites dating from the post-war period of reconstruction, and is known for its expressive details and components. These have been meticulously described in the new method developed by Mei architects and planners, enabling the restoration of the facade while ensuring the preservation of the original architecture. Mei is also applying this instrument and the expertise it has acquired in the area of materials and building technology on the Lijnbaan shopping precinct in Rotterdam, which is another designated heritage site from the post-war reconstruction period. The office is therefore capable of devising an integral method that can be applied more often to ensure a building’s rebirth as well as the preservation of its identity.

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figure 1 typical Vegter elements figure 2 backside, view on printing house 2

The maintenance work carried out in restoring the facade of the Slaakhuys focused on preserving the structure and preventing further decline. A restoration approach was applied in places where the work directly touched original elements, such as the parapets and pivot windows. Interior elements and areas that are characteristic of post-war reconstruction architecture have been identified. These may not be altered in the process of preparing the building for office and retail use. The restoration work is also aimed at making the building flexible, ensuring it can accommodate future change while also ensuring that its history remains tangible.


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Cocoa Factory

Schoorstenen zichtbaar vanaf Kanaalboulevard

Schoorstenen zichtbaar vanaf Suytkade

Schoorstenen zichtbaar vanaf gehele Koninginnewal

Schoorstenen zichtbaar vanaf horeca aan kade


Transformation and extension of the existing cocoa factory into a beacon of culture for Helmond 2nd place architect selection (2012) client: Municipality Helmond programme: about 3400m2 cultural program consisting of a cinema, a stage, an exhibition space, creative workspaces and a boutique hotel. Furthermore a future program consisting of 50 dwellings. team Mei: Robert Winkel, Menno van der Woude, Ruben Aalbersberg, Ruben van der Plas location: Helmond

Mei architecten en stedenbouwers developed a strategy for the cocoa factory of Helmond based on the respect for the cultural-historical point of view and with the desire to integrate the design in its modern and constant changing urban context. From a historical point of view factories, and in this case the cocoa factory, have always expanded and shrunk in time. This fact has been taken as the concept in which the new factory will be a flexible building that easily adapts to the needs of the time. The remaining valuable plant needs to become a real factory again to reflect the character of Helmond as a workers-city. This is accomplished by making the old and original working of the cocoa plant visible again. Mid-tech manufacturing (e.g. chocolate) is integrated in the program, the old shaft has become a unique object in the building bearing the design to make the historical relationship between the factory and the South Willemsvaart perceptible. Cocoa trees in greenhouses are added, historic images are used in the interior, unique details are preserved, imperfections are embraced and the authentic faรงade is renovated.

Leisure centre met jachthaven

Kade met wandelroute, verbonden met waterburchten

Ponton: mogelijk poppodium, festivalterrein, horeca, hotel

Kasteel Helmond, park aan het water.

Terrassen aan het water


historic growth and decay on the location of the cocoa factory including possible final scenario with dwellings


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kaartjes

drijvend podium

horeca serre

garderobe

hotel

stijgpunt techniek

Filmhuis

grote zaal 120 stoelen

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horeca

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filmcabine

zaal 500 plaatsen

backstage

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dockshelter + containerruimte

creatieve economie

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Kraanbaan: tickets, garderobe, wc, cacaokas, expo, verkoop

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Stichting Nederlandsche Cacaofabriek

Horeca

Foyer: wachten, facilitair, vluchtwegen

Overige ruimten

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Work on the monument should be limited to concentrated, recognizable and contemporary additions or modifications to solve architectural or building-physical related problems. The addition of new material will be limited to the necessary, installations may be visible and the layers of time are becoming visible again by removing any masking adjustments from the past.

figure 1 rendering figure 2 functions ground floor figure 3 functions 1st floor

FUNCTIES EERSTE VERDIEPING

cacao - kas

horeca: serreruimte

balkon poppodium

hotel

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filmcabine

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Creatieve economie

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Overige ruimten

Filmhuis Stichting Nederlandsche Cacaofabriek

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Horeca

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The connection with the city of Helmond is created by introducing a 24h-programming in the Cocoafactory in which a true cultural complex is created for the citizens of Helmond. The combination of Cultural Hotspot, together with creative industry provides a 24h-programming. By connecting all parts of the program, a (temporarily) events site occurs with opportunities for open-air cinema and concerts on floating a platform.

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lokale verwarming/koeling

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warmtewisselaar genereert warm water voor buffervat.

de hoogte fungeert als klimaatbuffer. natuurlijk ventileren d.m.v. ventilatiedoek. geperforeerde gevel t.b.v. natuurlijke ventilatie

mogelijk pv-cellen

de hoogte fungeert als klimaatbuffer. koelen d.m.v. natuurlijke ventilatie.

cacaobomen

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koude/warmte opslag t.b.v. verwarming en koeling in seizoenscyclus

oudbouw dient als klimaatbuffer. werk units worden lokaal gekoeld en geventileerd.


figuur 10 climate zoning: “conditioning there where it is needed� figuur 11 climate: summer figuur 12 climate: winter

With the sustainable interventions, the design connects with its context. These aspects include smart climate zoning, thermal energy storage (heat pump), adapt interior climate to the usage, the application of PV cells on sun-oriented roofs, the use of a biomass plant, the use of waste heat and reuse of materials from the environment. To make building and its new function work in Helmond, a marketing strategy has been started to be able to open the building on short notice to the public. The masonry chimneys, visible from the center of Helmond, are addressed first to expose the new (24h-) character and cultural hotspot of the former plant. This is also important for the visibility of the complex from the train station and nearby water. By having quartermasters to live in the area, giving interviews, workshops and excursions, the development and growth of the cocoa factory will be accelerated.

duurzaamheids maatregelen klimaat winter

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geperforeerde gevel t.b.v. natuurlijke ventilatie

mogelijk pv-cellen

ventilatiedoek foyer wordt verwarmd d.m.v. restwarmte poppodium

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koude/warmte opslag t.b.v. verwarming en koeling in seizoenscyclus

oudbouw dient als klimaatbuffer. werk units worden lokaal verwarmd en geventileerd.


Sloterdijk Station


Transformation Sloterdijk Station design engineering selection (shortlisted last 6 ) tender canceled client: Railinfra Solutions program: 30.000 m2, train station including retail, gardens, office space design: Mei architects and planners in collaboration with Royal Haskoning historic research: SteenhuisMeurs building cost: 33.000.000 location: Amsterdam Sloterdijk

The design for station Sloterdijk is a strong and grand gesture to the city and easily recognisable by its iconic structure. This new station is a hub in which the trains and metro’s are connected in three dimensions. The glass roof gives the passer-by a glance on the movements of the trains, people and a view at the different levels within the station. From the inside this glass roof gives the travellers a view on the city and provides the station with daylight. To see and be seen is the main theme of the new Sloterdijk station in which the traveller and his destination are playing the leading role.


Station Sloterdijk Zuid, gezien vanuit de Molenwerf. [Saa]

Centrale hal van station Sloterdijk Zuid, ontwerp koen van der gaast. [Saa]

Station Sloterdijk Zuid, gezien vanaf de Velserweg, 1970. [Saa]

Bouw van het viaduct station Sloterdijk noord (nu amsterdam Sloterdijk), gezien in zuidelijke richting, 1983. onder het viaduct komen de sporen voor de Haarlem- en de Hemlijn. op de achtergrond: Bos en lommer en Slotermeer. [Saa]

Uit: cultuur-historische verkenning door SteenhuisMeurs


loterdijk met het Orlyplein. [Archief Spoorbouwmeester / Teo Krijgsman fotograaf]

het station voor de uitbreiding. De oostgevel werkte als een groot venster met zicht op de en Amsterdam. [Archief Spoorbouwmeester / Teo Krijgsman fotograaf]

Doorzicht tussen de stationshal en de ‘tube’van de bovensporen. [archief Spoorbouwmeester / Teo Krijgsman fotograaf]

trap naar de bovensporen. in de vide van het trappenhuis naar het Schiphollijnperron hangt een kunstwerk van Charles Marks in de kleuren van het NS-pallet. [Archief Spoorbouwmeester / Teo Krijgsman fotograaf]

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mechanisch afzuigen met warmtewisselaar

oprolbare zonneschermen

koelen dmv koud water uit WKO

Opgewarmd water uit ventilatie en vloer terug naar WKO

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aanvullende zonnewarmte

verwarmen dmv warm water uit WKO

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Hembrug Reloaded


Making a fierce attractive place public Tender development Hembrug site Zaandam team: AM & Mei & Zus & Site Development team Mei: Robert Winkel, Anton Wubben, Roberto Magnanini, Thomas Bianchi, Katarina Jovic, Chris Idema

Our team was directly struck by the unimaginably rich qualities of the historic, layered power of the Hembrug site. Outside the dike, land is created, with a diversity of buildings, dynamic and quiet places and fairytale forest spheres that don’t have its equal in the Netherlands. We believe that the interplay between all buildings on the grounds, together with the forest, tough waterfront on the North Sea Canal and the intimate waterfront at Zijkanaal G, contributes to this unique atmosphere. This is reinforced by the way in which the current entrepreneurs and residents enrich the area. Our statement within ‘Hembrug Reloaded’ is: cherish this historical stratification and reinforce it by preserving all, also non-monumental, buildings and adding a new contemporary layer. A place for the future where you can experiment in freedom, where young people are brought into contact with the magic of innovation and where the latest techniques in the field of energy and mobility are used. Just like the production process used to be, and how it determines which buildings were placed in the neighborhood and were adapted to the wishes and requirements of the users, we also want to deal with the future. Our study of load capacity shows that there is enough space to handle the area in a relaxed way. This benefits flexibility and adaptability. The new time layers will represent their own new value. The future time layer will be about flexible and adaptable building, sustainable and reusable materials, circularity, the application of smart technologies and the energy


transition will become visible in the area. We embrace the current exciting atmosphere and we will deal with it with love. After all, people are attracted by the spatial experience and the traces of history such as the scratching of walls, cracks in concrete, the stelcon plates. To maintain this, for the design of the public space, the maintenance and management, we draw up a regional quality and management plan, secured in our proposed organizational structure of Hembrug. Hembrug contains a number of monumental structures in various layers, such as shelters, bunkers and the above-ground steam pipeline network that is visible on a large part of the site. These are historical elements that tell the history of the site and are decisive for the exciting atmosphere. These structures are retained and are made visible again by giving them a place in the public space. Adding new elements such as watchtowers, water structures and (flying) forest paths also creates a new contemporary layer. Forest The power of the Hembrug is, according to us, the contrast between dynamic and quiet areas, connected by the forest. We reinforce this by the way we deal with the surrounding trees and planting. We open the monuments that touch the forest to the forest, so that it can be optimally experienced. We have ideas for a (flying) forest path and we see the value of the forest to stimulate health and increase the sensory experience. The reality value of this will depend on the willingness of the forest owner to cooperate with this. We also create new forest to strengthen the forest experience and to increase the accessibility of the forest.

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1. The Enclave: a solid ensemble of buildings that we want to continue to approach as a whole. We put the adjacent free building plot at the service of this ensemble, both functionally and architecturally. 2. The former production area: the existing orthogonal order is leading for the way in which new buildings are added, with the façades slightly placed back in relation to the existing building system. This creates a mix of buildings from different time layers that together determine the atmosphere and identity of the live-work area. This can be deviated from in incidental places to reinforce the exciting and mysterious. A composition of informal (public) spaces ensures the cohesion and connection between the buildings. 3. Solitary buildings: the solitary, more isolated buildings get an individual approach, sometimes hidden in the forest or just as an icon. We don’t add high-rise buildings to Hembrug but opt for compaction around the existing buildings in the former production area. Our mass volume study according to the infiltration with S, M, L buildings has shown that there are sufficient open areas that can be used to reinforce the green character with the construction of wild gardens, playgrounds and picking gardens.


Building 230 We choose for a restorative approach. We make the faรงade more inviting in a contemporary way; the doors will always be open. Small incisions will be made at the longitudinal faรงades to connect the houses with the surrounding ground level. This only intervention will be subordinate and carried out with light materials such as wood. We show all the time layers of the building, to express scale, size and materialization in the best way.


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Dynamic Masterplan Verket Moss, Norway


Transformation of Peterson Regeneration Verket Moss towards a green, clean and healthy area for living and working client: Höegh Eiendom, Norway program: 300.000 m2 program (site: 412.000 m2 ) housing, cultural, commercial, office, educational team Mei: Robert Winkel, Robert Platje, Menno van der Woude, Michiel van Loon, Marnix Vink, Ruben Aalbersberg, Jelena Radonjic realization: 2012-2025 location: Moss, Norway

After Peterson’s Paper Mill was closed down in 2012 the developer Höegh Eiendom became the new owner of the plant and its associated buildings. Höegh Eiendom has set itself the goal to transform the plant into a vibrant area where future residents can live and work in a pleasant residential atmosphere with the former Peterson factory at close proximity. It will become an area with identity and coherence which is adapted to the context with a dynamic phasing and design. Due to the extent of these area, the transformation has to be executed in different phases and requires long term planning to finalize the entire development. In order to implement the proposed transformation and to ensure the required quality, Höegh Eiendom has commissioned Mei Architects and Planners to make a dynamic master plan for the re-development of the former Peterson’s paper mill area.


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Re-use Gum Factory (1973) client: Lingotto Vastgoed program: 5.700 m2 team Mei: Robert Winkel, Robert Platje, eelco Dekker, Ernst de Jager, Gaby van der Boom, Gijs van Duin building costs: € 5.000.000,completion: 2009 location: Paul van Vlissingenstraat, Amsterdam The former Gum Factory in Amsterdam, used by Maple Leaf for brands like Sportlife and Bubblegum, is transformed into a mix of work units for creative and extravert companies like Q-music radio and EMI. The building was originally built in the early 70’s and used for production and storage. Because of its function, the building had a heavy concrete and steel construction and a very closed façade. The façade is now provided with one or more huge bay windows at every floor to provide daylight and a view outside. The 6 meter storey height makes the interior of the work units very impressive. Due to the heavy construction it was possible to build an additional volume on top of the building. The roof pavilion contrasts in form and materials and functions as an eye-catcher and a catalyst for further development of the Gum Factory and neighbourhood.


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Herbestemming en transformatie van een Rijksmonument tot verzamelgebouw architectenselectie 3de plaats, 2013 client: Gemeente Maastricht program: wonen, werken, vrije tijd, pop up, ca. 35.000 m2 location: Maastricht design team Mei architects and planners & OeverZaaijer team Mei: Robert Winkel, Menno van der Woude, Martin van der Werf, Ruben Aalbersberg consultans brand: Ralph Hamerlink bouwfysica: DGMR

The city of Maastricht is considering whether to repurpose the Eiffel, a listed structure, and transform it for multiple use. Located on Boschstraat, the Eiffel is a former factory building where Sphinx sanitary fittings were once manufactured. Simple, sturdy and industrial in appearance, the Eiffel dominates the industrial surroundings of the former Sphinx complex thanks to its imposing scale. The complex was designed to facilitate mass production efficiently and optimally. This is legible in the uniformity, repetition of the column grid, and the 183-m length of the building.


In response to the commission from the City of Maastricht, Mei drew up a proposal that, in terms of its approach to the complete restoration of the Eiffel building, emphasised its great monumental and historical significance, as evidenced by the reinforced concrete bearing structure featuring floors without beams and distinctive column heads, and also the display of, through a glazed screen, the sanitary fittings contained in every Dutch building and home. The legibility of mass production is emphasised by the typical structure and typology, and the atmosphere and repetition of the columns, windows and floors. Moreover, the use of historical sanitary products demonstrates the connection with industrial production.


Placemaking also plays an important role in the design by allowing many people to become familiar with the Eiffel building, which contains a fittingly remarkable multipurpose programme that facilitates and stimulates innovation and creates conditions for encounters. The building transforms into a vertical city, with a mixed and possibly even changing composition of residents, students, workspaces, studios, small businesses, cafĂŠ, hotel rooms and temporary functions such as a pop-up restaurant, exhibition, etc. This will attract many people to the Eiffel building, especially at the start, and they in turn will talk about the beautiful and unique industrial structure, thus attracting even more people to the venue. Measures like emphasising the monumental and historical aspects of the building and increasing awareness of it through placemaking will have a positive effect on the value of the building. Owing to this strategy, the chances of recovering the investment are both increased and accelerated.

For this architect selection procedure, Mei worked with OeverZaaijer on the urban plan, with fire expert Ralph Hamerlink and with construction engineer DGMR.

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The London Borough of Havering and The London Thames Gateway Development co-operation are working together at strategic level to realise the joint ambitions for Rainham and the London Riverside. Part of this is the development of Rainham as a sustainable community that offers a good residential climate, employment and high-quality amenities. The development of the A1306 New Road Corridor plays an important role and marks the eastern entrance to London. In addition, the area forms an interchange between different modes of transport and is therefore a node that provides access to the surroundings. As a result, the area has strong potential with combined residential and employment functions: a sustainable urban boulevard.


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The development of a new urban boulevard in an existing urban area has a long-term project. The many parties involved in the area, all with different wishes and demands, mean that processes are lengthy. What´s more, a project of this sort is full of uncertainties. Will particular sites become available or not? And does this happen at a time that is advantageous for development? Are businesses or other agencies prepared to relocate to this area? All this means that the development process is not a linear process in which a phase of initiation and the drawing up of a master plan are followed by a phase of execution for the entire area. Rather, a dynamic (design) process will take place in which the area will be developed in shorter phases. The master plan is therefore not a blueprint for the future but, instead, it must be a plan that is flexible enough to accommodate market trends and new developments among parties involved and stakeholders. Not flexibility in the sense of leaving everything open, but a strategic master plan capable of transforming with every phase of development and one that is therefore always complete.


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Reanimate - 30+ redevelopment projects  

30+ redevelopment projects by mei architects and planners

Reanimate - 30+ redevelopment projects  

30+ redevelopment projects by mei architects and planners