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Mei architects and planners

Mei architects and planners is an internationally operating architectural firm with extensive expertise in the area of redevelopment, transformation, urban planning and inner-city development projects. The work of Mei architects and planners has been widely published and awarded. The office was set up in 2003 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 in Rotterdam, De Verkenner in Utrecht and McDonald’s Coolsingel 44 in 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 awards. 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 chairmanship of the Environmental Quality Commission in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, 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 re-use and redevelopment projects across the country, among them several projects concerning 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 embraces 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, the composite storage units and protective screens of woven stainless steel for the Schiecentrale 4b building and the gold anodized aluminum façade with heart-shaped perforations for the McDonalds pavilion in Rotterdam. Mei is particularly 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. Because of their spatial design and routing, the buildings direct meetings between people and thus act as catalysts for the neighbourhood and contribute to the creation of strong communities. 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 founded Mei architects and planners in 2003 and is the energetic leader of a growing 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. Robert holds various external roles of social importance. He is chairman of Environmental Quality Commission in Amsterdam, supervisor of Rotterdam – the Hague Airport and chairman of the Quality-team Feyenoord-City in Rotterdam. On a regular basis he serves as a visiting critic on numerous universities and colleges and he is a frequently asked juror for various awards, as the Gouden Piramide state prize and ARC Awards.

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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 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)

Teaching 2000 - present 2011 - 2013 2008 2004 - present 2000 - 2010 1994 - present 1994 - present 1994 - present

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

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

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Committees / Juries  (among others) 2019 Jury member ‘Steden in Beweging’ Award 2018 - present Chairman of Quality-team Feyenoord City, Rotterdam 2018 - present Supervisor Rotterdam - The Hague Airport 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 - 2011 Architecture Fund, Advisory Board member Architecture Project Grants 2009 Jury member of Europan 10 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 - 2011 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 Ikthinos (Maaskant) prize, Academy of Architecture Rotterdam 2000 - present Member of several forums, symposiums, debates 1983 - 1984 Board member of Stylos Lectures (among others) Dutch heritage exhibition, Moscow (RU) Provada transformatieplein, Amsterdam (NL) Vastgoedmarkt Collegetour, Amsterdam (NL) Design and Emotion conference, Amsterdam (NL) Re-Use lecture, together with Dutch minister of Education, Culture & Science, Sao Paulo Brasil (BR) Les salons structuralistes, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam (NL) No excuse: Re-use, Heritage & Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Delft (NL) Hessischer Architektentag, Frankfurt (DE) BNA academie, herbestemming, Amsterdam (NL) Gunsan University, Bunsan Port Authority, Seoul (South Korea) Zeppelin #48, Bucharest (RU) Arcelor Mittal Conference, Warsaw (PL) Delft University of Architecture, Delft (NL) Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura, Valencia (ES) École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Nantes (FR) 7


Robert Platje

associate partner | project manager

Education DGBC Rotterdam, HBO sustainability building environment. Randmeer College Harderwijk, MBO bouwkunde

Job positions 2012 - present 2012 - 2012 2011 - 2012 2000 - 2011 1998 - 2000 1996 - 1998

Mei architects and planners, specialitity: Building technology and BIM SPEE architecten PLUS architecten Mei architects and planners Tekta architecten Bouwkundig ontwerp- en tekenburo Ad van de Vis

Other activities dec 2017 mei 2017 2010 - present
 2008 - present
 2008 - present

presentation Trots op de Stad at the Transformatiecongres Rotterdam - Fenix I presentation Fenix I at the BIM Praktijkdag, Jaarbeurs Utrecht Breeam-NL expert, Dutch Green Building Council Commission member U-bouw, details SBR guest teacher TU Delft, building technology teacher ‘bouwtechnisch ontwerpen utiliteitsbouw’ at SBR/Bouwen met Staal member ‘marktgroep woningbouw’, Bouwen met Staal

Projects Mei architects and planners (selection) SCYE010, Schiedam Fenixlofts, Rotterdam Gouda Cheese Warehouse McDonald’s Coolsingel 44, Rotterdam De Verkenner, Utrecht Van Stigt Thans, Schiedam De Fabriek Delfshaven, Rotterdam Verket Moss, Noorwegen Kauwgomballenfabriek, Amsterdam Cooltower, Rotterdam The Four Worlds, Spijkenisse De Koppeling, Houten Havenhuizen, Rotterdam Gnome Parking, Almere LOC, Hardenberg Kraton 230, Rotterdam Schiecentrale 4b, Rotterdam Jobsveem, Rotterdam

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Michiel van Loon associate partner | project manager

Education 2007 - 2011 2003 - 2007

Ir. Architect, Cum Laude, TU Delft Ing. Engineer Building Technology, Avans HogeschoolTilburg

Job positions 2012 - present 2011 - 2012 2010 2010 2008 - 2009 2006 - 2008

Mei architects and planners Barcode Architects, Rotterdam Maks, Rotterdam NL Research Lab, Rotterdam Coop Himmelb(l)au, Wenen 01-10 Architects, Rotterdam

Other activities 2018 2017 2016 2016 2009 - 2016 2011

TU Delft Lecture NRP Forum Graduation tutor Avans Hogeschool Tilburg Guest lecturer TU Eindhoven Guest lecturer Avans Hogeschool Tilburg Archi-prix Exhibition

Projects Mei architects and planners (selection) Fenixlofts, Rotterdam Kabeldistrict, Delft Zijdefabriek Moskou regio, Rusland McDonald’s Coolsingel 44, Rotterdam NMBS Hoofdkantoor, Brussel De Verkenner, Utrecht OPG-terrein Merwede, Utrecht De Nieuwe Hallen, Den Haag Haagse Veste IV, Den Haag Brug der Zuchten, Schiedam Verket Moss, Noorwegen De Johan van Beverwijck, Dordrecht De Generaal, Rijswijk Kantoor Asterweg, Amsterdam Cooltower, Rotterdam De Blend, Utrecht Boompjes tower, Rotterdam World City Expo Edinburgh Weeshuis, Gouda Vuurtorenweg, Scheveningen Stationsplein, Haarlem Blokkerlocatie, Gouda OMY museum, Reimerswaal

project architect project architect architect researcher architect architect

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Awards

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MIPIM/AR Future Project Award, 1st prize category Old&New, Fenix I, 2019 ARC18 Development Award, winner, Gouda Cheese Warehouse, 2018 Iconic Awards, Innovative Architecture - Selection, Gouda Cheese Warehouse, 2018 Dutch Steel Award, 1st prize category residential building, Gouda Cheese Warehouse, 2018 Architizer A+Awards, finalist, category Architecture + Concrete, De Verkenner, 2017 Archmarathon Award,1st prize category Mixed Use & Residential Buildings, De Verkenner, 2017 Concrete Award, nominee, De Verkenner, 2017 BNA Building of the Year, nominee, McDonald’s Coolsingel 44 Rotterdam, 2016 Iconic Awards, winner category Architecture, McDonald’s Coolsingel 44 Rotterdam, 2015 German Design Award, winner, McDonald’s Coolsingel 44 Rotterdam, 2016 ARC15 Detail Award, nominee, McDonald’s Coolsingel 44 Rotterdam, 2015 WAN metal in architecture award, shortlist, Gnome Parking Almere-Buiten, 2014 Rotterdam Architecture prize, shortlist, De Fabriek Delfshaven, Rotterdam, 2013 Roterodamum Restoration prize, 2nd prize, De Fabriek Delfshaven, Rotterdam, 2013 Rotterdam Building quality prize, nomination with Schiecentrale 4B, 2009 BNA Building of the year, nomination for Schiecentrale 4B, 2009 National Renovation prize, 1st prize with Jobsveem, 2009 Dutch Building prize, nomination with Jobsveem, 2009 Rotterdam Building quality prize, 1st prize with Jobsveem, 2008 Job Dura prize, Schiecentrale and Jobsveem on shortlist, 2008 National Steel prize, 1st prize with Jobsveem, 2008 National Steel prize, nomination with Kraton 230, 2008 BNA Building of the year, nomination for Kraton 230, 2008 BNA Building of the year, nomination for LOC, 2008 Geveltotaal Architecture prize, 1st prize for façade and cast iron panels Kraton 230, 2008 Living Steel International Architecture Competition for Sustainable Housing (Londen), short-listed, 2007 Dutch Design Prize, nomination for cast iron panels Kraton 230, 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, 25kV Building, 2001 Spacious Living competition, 1st prize, De Gedoogwoning, 2001 Rotterdam City Office competition, nomination, The People’s Palace, 2001 National Steel Prize, nomination, 25kV Building, 2000 EO Wijers competition, honorary mention, The Wild North, 1998 Church for the 21st Century competition, 1st prize, 1997 Glass House competition, 3rd prize, Mi Casa es su Casa, 1996 Roosendaal competition on squares, honorary mention, De Stolling van Roosendaal, 1995

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Mei & Building Technology

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Materialisation and product development have become more and more important factors in the design process. Mei building technology anticipates on this development by researching and developing new products or by finding new applications for existing products. This way technology can be used as a design-tool. The application of these new or adapted products lead to the creation of one-off buildings with a clear, unique identity. Product development is, just as the design process, an integrated process. Mei acquires specific knowledge from her partners (suppliers, consultants, universities, etc.) to come to a high-quality product. Mei building technology is not only applied during the design process, but also constantly developing new ideas, independent of our building projects. During the design process of a project the need may arise for a specific product that, at that time, just isn’t available on the market in that specific form. If that is the case, Mei building technology will develop the product specifically for that project. Short-term projects don’t have this luxury. Converting a product-idea into the development and application of that product is usually a long and intensive process. To be able to develop the ideas that occur during a short-term project. mei also does project-independant research, usually in cooperation with a producer and agreements on guarantees and (assembly)costs are made. A product or sollution is stored in our database and is instantly available if needed.

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Mei & BIM

Dakverdieping

8de Verdieping

Doorsnede CC

7de Verdieping

6de Verdieping

Isometrie Spuiboulevard

5de Verdieping

4de Verdieping

Doorsnede BB

3de Verdieping

2de Verdieping

Doorsnede BB

1ste Verdieping

Doorsnede AA + Doorsnede Entree A

Begane Grond

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De Johan van Beverwijck Spuiboulevard Dordrecht opdrachtgever: VPO Johan van Beverwijck Dordrecht onderwerp: Isometrie - Johan van Beverwijck

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Mei prefers to work in BIM. For functionally and technically complex projects, BIM is essential. Nowadays we often use Revit to draw our projects in 3D. We aim to use all aspects of the 3D model. We use it for scanning the existing situation by using a 3D point cloud, but also to develop a mobile application to involve the future users of a project. In Rotterdam, Fenix I is under construction: The transformation of a monumental warehouse, wherein a mixed program of creative workspaces and culinary and cultural organizations is projected. On top of the monument a new structure including about 200 loft apartments is being build. The complex design - a combination of transformation and new building - is completely set up in Revit. It is a perfect example of a BIM project in which four disciplines collaborate: architect, contractor, structural engineer and the installation engineer. Another small, though complex example project is a compact bridge that connects two listed monuments (Van Stigt Thans 2). This project was measured and drawn using point cloud and a 3D BIM model. Mei is an active Revit user and provides lectures about BIM on a regularly basis.

Van Stigt Thans 2

Fenixlofts - 3d model en pointcloudmeting

Pointcloud | Leica TruView

Beeld: Heijmans

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Mei & Sustainability

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Typical Mei projects in the area of sustainability: • Jobsveem -- Building quality Award 2008, first prize -- Best score on GPR (measuring sustainability housing)

Sustainability Sustainability is a broad term. It is a generic term for a building that is efficient and pleasant for the user functions, the energy supplied by natural resources. In such a way that the current building needs are met without the possability of other nations and future generations is hampered. The building code sets requirements on energy consumption through the EPC. This is reduced by January 1, 2009 and for schools set at 1.3 (formerly 1.4). This requirement does not affect other aspects such as environment and quality of use aside, in Mei, therefore uses the elements used by the GPR. (GPR-and-BREEAM scores may soon be changed). Mei is a member of the Dutch Green Building Council and has a certified GB-Breeam expert within the team. The DGBC is an independent organization, a hallmark of sustainability is beeing developed for Dutch buildings. This will allow them to grade sustainability in the Netherlands and for Mei to further define and improve and ultimately to achieve energy-neutral buildings.

• 25kV building -- Sustainable Building Award 2001, first prize • Schiecentrale 4B -- IFD demonstration project grant from € 250,000, -- Best score on GPR (measuring sustainability housing) • The Four Worlds -- Epc 0.49 -- Score GPR “ambition 2: distinctive durable” • LOC Hardenberg -- Reduced floor space by means of dual use • V1 and V2 -- Villa office with heat and cold storage in the soil with a heat pump. The facade is to hold Accoya wood. In 2008 it won the national award for sustainable innovation (‘Egg of Columbus’)

In our work as architects, the user comes first. It is known that users (employees, residents, etc.) has little influence on the climate of their living / working space. The negative effects are sometimes referred to as sick building syndrome. Specific knowledge of the user, the use of the facade and the knowledge of the installation, may spawn ideas to optimize sustainability thru the wants and needs of the user.

• Living Steel -- Nomination contest “Living Steel International -- Architecture Competition for Sustainable Housing” -- The goal of the contest ‘Living Steel’ is affordable and durable steel housing development in the area around the river bed of the Thames, where people can live comfortably and happily.

The user is involved in sustainability. The human aspect lift the building above the ordinary product, man is the building!

• Tamagotchibox -- The user can direct environment while improving the environment by working to influence the CO2 emissions. • Urban Farming -- Sustainable solution to urban wastelands where locals can grow crops and livestock to keep. There are many areas in town that are perfect for urban farmers, or Urban Farming.

De heer R. Platje

actief heeft deelgenomen aan het Nationaal BREEAM Congres 2018.

• Smart House -- IFD demonstration status -- The technique of a Smart House is such that it later can be easily extended or reduced if desired. These components can all be reused.

Expertcertificaat BREEAM-NL Nieuwbouw en Renovatie

20 maart 2018 te Rotterdam

• Flex 10 -- IFD demonstration status Door deelname aan het Nationaal BREEAM Congres 2018 is de geldigheidsduur van de bovenstaande Expertcertificaten verlengd tot 31 december 2019.

• Viable Housing (dwelling grace) -- IFD demonstration status

Alle erkende BREEAM-NL Experts en Assessoren staan vermeld op www.breeam.nl.

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Transformation projects timeline

Jobsveem, Rotterdam - listed monument

Fenix I, Rotterdam

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Oceaanhuis, Rotterdam - listed monument

Lokhalle, Germany 1899

completed in progress design research

1907 - 1948

Cacaofabriek, Helmond - monument 1880

Stroom, Rotterdam

Rijksadministratie, Gouda - listed monument 1870

1907

Nantes, France 1860

De Fabriek, Delfshaven - protected city view

Bankierswoning / Pakhuis Loopuyt, Schiedam - listed monument 1850

1890 - 1930

Weeshuis, Gouda - listed monument 1847

Slot Oostende, Goes 1250

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Historic buildings

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

Lloydkwartier, Netherlands

• subtile transition from moss riverside to factory site

Industrial landscapes

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

02 area 1 | guiding principles

Rainham, London

Hembrug, Zaandam

Kabelfabriek, Delft

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VERKET REGENERATION, MOSS

urban concept

höegh eiendom mei architects and planners

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Q-terrein, Rotterdam

OPG terrein, Utrecht

19 Station Sloterdijk

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Kauwgomballenfabriek, Amsterdam

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Het Slaakhuys, Rotterdam - listed monument

1954

Scye010, Schiedam

De Lijnbaan, Rotterdam - listed monument

1953

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Spaardersbad, Gouda - listed monument

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De Generaal, Rijswijk

Sfinx, Maastricht - listed monument

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25kV gebouw, Rotterdam

Confectiefabriek, Rotterdam

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Gouda Cheese Warehouse, Gouda - listed monument

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Mei architects and planners ‘Towards an empathic contextualism’ by JaapJan Berg

Mei Architecten is a Dutch firm that relates to the history of a site and of existing buildings in an unusual, sensitive and distinctive manner. The preferred way of working and thinking can best be described as a modern variant of empathic contextualism. It is a method that is in a certain sense indebted to Postmodernism, but which is developed in the hands of Mei Architecten to become a much more authentic, sincere and above all knowledge-intensive stylistic form. Awareness and knowledge of the historical background are for Mei Architecten an essential element of general and urban progress and development. This design philosophy is the basis of the notion of the layered city and finds expression both in the renovation and transformation of existing, old buildings and in the appropriate addition of new buildings to existing situations.

additions too are often just stuck on to an organically formed and historically impregnated complex. Mei Architecten sees such a vision as leading to an acceptable copy of what was once an existing context at times, but it is not uncommon for these results to be lacking in soul. After all, the architect of a reconstruction deploys all his knowledge and skill to imitate somebody else’s (historical) design as accurately as possible using present-day techniques and materials. Mei Architecten uses those present-day techniques and materials too, of course, but adds an essential element: the up-to-date and contemporary approach and reflection. In this way Mei Architecten designs modern buildings with a historical soul. In many projects the love of a building can be seen in the way in which the firm goes into the cultural historical background. Those elements enable Mei Architecten projects to rise above the appearance and connotations of a reconstruction. The firm explicitly avoids a historical interpretation that is tantamount to regression and conservatism. So Mei Architecten does not want its restorations to be a veiled attempt at conveying the semblance of authenticity. The firm respects the organic and historically shaped entity of a building or complex too much for that. In fact it mainly builds with a view to preserving respected and traditional aspects. These may be visible and tangible, but they may also be invisible and purely based on research. Mei Architecten aims at constructs that have a unique significance of their own. That desire for significance results not in autonomous, disconnected buildings but in meaningful buildings in relation to the history and context each time.

Contextualism An important ingredient in the working method of Mei Architecten is the meticulous attention to and recognition of local identities. It is almost always the case that a number of historical components are hidden there that can then serve as the starting point for a modern and up-to-date design. The spatial and historical context serves as a substrate and source of inspiration for a process that is open to diverse (unexpected) influences. Often the actual history and context suffice as a source of inspiration, but sometimes Mei Architecten also resorts to constructing a fictitious history to support, reinforce or highlight the actual history. Characteristic of the approach, but above all of the result, is that it does not lead to uniformity or an explicitly identifiable style. It finds expression in the relation or synergy between a design and the immediate surroundings and history of a location, as well as in the architectural details of a building.

Craftsmanship The approach of Mei Architecten has consequences not only for the elaboration in the large, urban planning and historical and contextual field. It is also explicitly manifested in the details of a design and a building. For each project Mei Architecten tries to show its awareness and conviction of the attention paid to the historical context in the details as well. To achieve that degree of meticulousness, Mei Architecten employs a strong dose of craftsmanship combined with love

Historical soul The way of working and thinking of Mei Architecten is distinct from the practice of redevelopment and restoration. After all, in many cases that leads to the successful or unsuccessful reconstruction of a building or complex. In the guise of reconstruction, questionable

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of the materials and of their processing or finishing. Research on particular industrial (manufacturing) processes is in line with this approach. The desire for a craftsmanlike way of working is also manifested in the direct contact that the architects often seek with the producers of building materials. In these discussions and choices too, the empathic contextualism with regard to a location or building is often the Leitmotiv. Roots The way of thinking and working desired and practised by Mei Architecten is based in the Netherlands, or more precisely, in Rotterdam. A large percentage of the current urban planning and architectural commissions are in big cities like Rotterdam. After decades of new buildings and the development of new districts, local authorities and other principals are increasingly focusing on the existing city. This shift in emphasis is only partly connected with the present economic recession. The reason for it lies much more in the awareness that existing buildings have a contextual significance that should not be underestimated, and that that can be interesting and valuable for many users and owners. Awareness of the potential for the creation of value also plays a role in this. This awareness means in many cases also abandoning thinking and designing in a Modernist tradition. That tradition only too often gave more importance to the new, autonomous object than to the strength and value of the historical tradition and organically formed city. Mei Architecten, on the contrary, stands for an approach that is very convinced of and inspired by these historical and contextual roots. JaapJan Berg (1965) is a freelance curator, organiser and journalist in the field of architecture and spatial planning. He publishes regularly in various (international) professional periodicals such as Bauwelt, Smaak (Government Buildings Department), Stadscahiers and Stedenbouw & Ruimtelijke Ordening (Nirov) and writes project texts for various clients, including Claus en Kaan Architecten. He is also regular correspondent for www. archined.nl and has been a member of the editorial board of the Architectuur in Nederland Jaarboek since 2008. He works a project manager an researcher for the International New Town Institute (INTI).

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Fenixlofts Rotterdam 24 McDonald’s Coolsingel 44, Rotterdam 44 De Generaal 54 Gouda Cheese Warehouse 62 Residential tower ‘De Verkenner’ 82 Silk Factory 96 Kabeldistrict Delft 112 Spaardersbad Swimmingpool 122 The 4 Worlds 134 Bridge of Sighs 146 Lokhalle154 Renovation national monument De Lijnbaan 164 Lijnbaan 77 172 Desiré Colombe quarter, Nantes 180 Rijksadministratie Gouda 190 Orphanage Gouda 206 Gnome Parking Garage  214 Dynamic Masterplan Verket Moss, Norway 224 De Fabriek Delfshaven 236 Oceaanhuis256 LLoydquarter269 Schiecentrale phase 4B 278 Kraton 230 298 Hotel Restaurant STROOM 308 Jobsveem316

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Fenixlofts Rotterdam

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Loft apartments on top of a monumental warehouse 1st prize architect selection awards: MIPIM/AR Future Project Award 2019, 1st prize client: Heijmans Vastgoed program: approx. 8.500 m2 commercial, cultural and culinary approx. 9.000 m2 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 completion: Under construction location: Veerlaan/ Rijnhaven, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 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.

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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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figure 1 view from Rijnhaven figure 2 community diagram

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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.

The end result is a smart floor plan that contains both shared and private spaces. This will lead to spontaneous encounters between members of all the involved organizations, while also providing them with a sense of privacy and security. One such space for encounter is the shared foyer, accessible from the Dolf Henkes Square on the south side of the warehouse. The foyer provides access to the ‘docks’ section and the ‘arts’ section of the Culture Cluster. From the foyer, members can also take a peek inside the enormous training space of Codarts where acrobats are practicing.

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.

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World’s fanciest McDonald’s awards: BNA Best Building of the Year 2016, nominee German Design Award 2016, winner Iconic Awards 2015, winner ARC15 Detail Award, nominee client: McDonald’s Coolsingel 44 program: 300 m2 team Mei: Robert Winkel, Menno van der Woude, Michiel van Loon, Robert Platje, Ruben Aalbersberg contractor: BVR-groep, Roosendaal construction: Adviesbureau Roelen installation: Sweegers & de Bruijn facade: VPT Versteeg glass: Glasimpex fire: Grontmij interior: Niv003 completion: march 2015 location: Coolsingel 44, Rotterdam, The Netherlands McDonald’s invited Mei architects and planners to design a new pavilion on this spot with a character in keeping with the (renewed) Coolsingel and the rich historical surroundings. After a very fast construction time of two months a spectaculair new pavilion now shines in the heart of Rotterdam. Connection with the city The new building volume has been carefully detailed and articulated by Mei to open up views of the monumental post office behind it. As a result, the pavilion has the most compact possible core, with glazed façades all around. A fully transparent lobby, with entrances on three sides, makes it seem as though the public space flows through the building.

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A shining pavilion — day and by night Just like the historical buildings in the area, the pavilion features a richly articulated façade, carried out in one single material: gold anodized aluminum. This warm and elegant-looking material is vandal-proof and enduring at the same time. As McDonald’s is open day and night (24/7), its appearance after dark is important. By day the building is inviting to shoppers, while in the evening it glows to attract the nightlife crowd. The skin of brass is perforated with heart-shaped openings to form a ‘veil’ around the glazed building through which illumination shines. With the application of various degrees of perforation, the brass façade depicts a crowd of people on Coolsingel. After all, the new McDonald’s is built for the people of Rotterdam, who now have yet another reason to be proud of their city.

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Transformation of office into residential building client: Aertgeerts Bouwgroep program: 200 apartements / 23.600 m2 design & process: Mei architects and planners & EyeOnProperty 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 building costs: €18.700.000,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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52 unique lofts in a national monument awards: Iconic Awards 2018 Innovative Architecture, selection Dutch Steel Award 2018, nomination ARC18 Development Award, 1st prize WAN Award Adaptive Re-use, nomination Archmarathon 2018, nomination client: White House Development BV program: approx. 5000 m2 52 Loft Apartments team Mei: Robert Winkel, Robert Platje, Martin van der Werf, Anja Lübke, Roy Wijte, Riemer Postma, Kasia Ephraim, Ed de Rooij, Marloes Koster construction: PBT building physics: DGMR cultural historic research: SteenhuisMeurs fire: Ralph Hamerlinck building costs: € 6.500.000,completion: August 2017 location: Westerkade 2, Gouda, The Netherlands

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.

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22 Architectural interventions In order to achieve enough daylight and outdoor space, positions of Loggias have been strategically selected on the existing Facade, while preserving the monumental values. The original alley between the two cheese warehouses have been transformed into a central atrium, allowing generous daylight to enter the building. This atrium has two entrances, on the Wachtelstraat and the Westerkade. Some of the original outer walls have been left standing in the atrium and are being reused as elevator shafts. With two glass elevators that go up and down along historic faรงade walls, residents and visitors can reach the apartments on the upper floors and experience the history of the building.

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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 60 m2 to 180 m2, 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 gatekeeper of Kanaleneiland awards: Archmarathon Award 2017, 1st prize Architizer A+Awards 2017, finalist Concrete award 2017, nomination client: Mitros program: 71 apartments 9 live-work units 15 care apartments team Mei: Robert Winkel, Robert Platje, Menno van der Woude, Roy Wijte, Michiel van Loon, Reinoud van der Zijde, Jelena Radonjic contractor: Era Contour construction: PBT building physics & fire: Peutz artist: Milou van Ham, Moniek Driesse and poet Tsead Bruinja visuals: Mei & WAX cost consultant: Basalt Bouwadvies completion: October 2014 - April 2016 location: Churchilllaan, Utrecht, The Netherlands

A new residential tower completed on Churchilllaan in Kanaleneiland, Utrecht, will give a big impetus to the development of this typical post-war reconstruction district. The new 50-meter-tall building acts as a gatekeeper to Kanaleneiland. The tower contains a mixed programme of housing: 71 private sector rental dwellings in the upper portion, 15 dwellings for autistic youths, and 9 live-work units in the base of the building. Client Mitros is particularly pleased: it is a wonderful building and all dwellings were rented before completion.

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Scant attention is usually paid in Kanaleneiland to the finishing of the undersides of balconies and galleries, elements that are clearly visible to passers-by. Mei architects and planners therefore extended the facade finish beneath the balconies and galleries. The result is a very inviting building. By contracting the facade separately, Mei succeeded in realizing this unique facade.

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The materials applied to the inner facade planes contrast starkly with the outer facades, enhancing the plasticity of the building. Railings in yellow glass and champagne-coloured frames mean that, even when the weather isn’t great, De Verkenner still has a sunny and sparkling appearance that radiates throughout the neighbourhood. Roses & Concrete Artwork As an architecture office, Mei supports the inclusion of art in buildings. For the art project ‘Roses & Concrete’ at De Verkenner – 13,000 ceramic tiles with lines of poetry in the facade – Mei therefore commissioned visual artist Milou van Ham. She had previously added a layer to the ‘4 Worlds’ residential building by Mei in Spijkenisse. Here she incorporated hundreds of words that convey the identity of Spijkenisse in the facade and balcony elements. For De Verkenner, Milou worked with poet Tsead Bruinja. The 16 lines of poetry form a poetic reflection on friendships and relations. These mini-stories concern ordinary events and real people. They deal with living together in a house, a building, a neighbourhood or a city in the past, present and future. The ceramic tiles are inserted into the facade elements randomly. As a result, the way you read the lines and connect them to one another is different to a poem where the sequence is fixed. In passing, you can read the lines in isolation, separately from the other tiles. Together they form a varied and exciting composition.

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In residential tower De Verkenner, a unique combined living and working unit was realized. It is both the urban development criteria and the constructive design scheme of the building, that make the unit situated just above the entrance hallway highly adaptable to individual demands. The space has a height of 4 meters and contains a full glass facade, allowing for a more personalized, more flexible, and more mobile environment. The working space is situated on the ground floor and contains a private entrance door. There is a split-level storey provided for situating the bedroom, bathroom, and storage space. The office connects directly to the living area one floor above. An entresol storey provides access to the communal courtyard and roof terrace. Integrating function and design, this is a great example of an optimized space that dissolves the boundaries between the living and working world.

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Revive former Silk Factory in Naro-Fominsk, Russia client: Ostov Group program: Mixed-used industrial site of 50.000 m2 including old factory buildings transformed in loft-style apartments and mixture of shopping, culinary, cultural and sport facilities team Mei: Robert Winkel, Michiel van Loon, Joost Wetzel, Oleksii Ananiev, Katarina Jovic location: Naro Fominsk, Russia Mei architects and planners developed a grand innovative plan to transform the site of the former Silk Factory in Naro-Fominsk, a city two hours driving from Moscow, into a lively area. The program of 50.000 m2 is mixed-use, a novelty in Russia, and will turn the abandoned industrial site into a vibrant small city full of new energy. Loft-style apartments in the characteristic old factory buildings will be combined with a mixture of shopping, culinary, cultural and sport facilities for the families of Naro-Fominsk and visitors from the Moscow region. With this unique and promising plan, commissioned by the Ostov Group who already developed many successful projects in NaroFominsk, the Silk Factory complex will become the new historical city center of this pleasant town.

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Common memories are kept alive As almost every citizen of Naro-Fominsk has a history that is connected with the silk factory, the people are unanimously enthusiastic that this neglected site will soon be reanimated. The common memories will be kept alive and the memorable places will be saved. The existing buildings, such as the scutching building, the boiler house and the concrete building, are dilapidated but solid and all of them will be restored instead of replaced by new ones. New connections Mei’s transformation proposal is based on a series of strategic design interventions. Several architectural breakthroughs will bring light into the buildings and connect the buildings with each other and the surroundings, both visually and physically. The site will be opened up and connected with the beautiful surrounding landscape park on the other side of the river Nara. Three new city squares will breathe a pleasant intimate atmosphere and create many opportunities to organize events. The architects have also taken the tough Russian winter climate into account and equipped a covered pedestrian street so that people can comfortably enjoy a walk, even in rainy and frosty weather. The whole area will be mainly car free. Mei designed the public space in cooperation with Felixx, Rotterdam-based international renowned landscape designers. The programming will be organized by Liuba Devyatkina and Igor Dobrovolsky.

Residential lofts The approx. 200 new apartments in the transformed factory buildings will all be Loft-style. The huge existing windows - more than 4 meters high - create a unique spacious and light loft feeling and will provide the apartments with great views around. Mei architects and planners is expert in transforming monumental buildings into residential lofts, with famous examples as Jobsveem Warehouse in Rotterdam and the Gouda Cheese Warehouse. Ostov Group’s decision to work with Mei architects and planners from The Netherlands was based on their extensive experience in transforming industrial sites, as the redevelopment of the former electricity plant De Schiecentrale and Fenix I in Rotterdam, a spectacular transformation project that is under construction now, are perfect examples of.

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New developments in former factory client: KondorWessels Vastgoed program: 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 Netherlands

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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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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Transformation monumental swimming pool to residential client: White House Development program: 6 Lofts team Mei: Robert Winkel, Martin van der Werf, Roberto Magnanini, Roy Wijte, Ed de Rooij, Zuzanna Gaszczak, Maxim Ross structural engineer: PBT, Delft Completion: 2018-2019 Location Van Itersonlaan 10, Gouda, The Netherlands 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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Apartment building client: Dura Vermeer  Stevast Advies & Ontwikkeling programme: 35.000 m2 (excl. parking) 253 dwellings, 269 parkingspaces building costs: € 30.800.000,completion: 2010 location: Spijkenisse, The Netherlands ‘The 4 Worlds’ is located in the Dijkzone area of Spijkenisse, right next to the River Oude Maas. The remarkable apartment complex contains 250 rental and owner-occupied dwellings interwoven with one another. The building is visually divided into four parts that refer to the typical neighbourhood layout in Spijkenisse, where each neighbourhood has an identity of its own that is enhanced by the use of materials. The lowest portion is finished in shiny white tiles. The tallest tower rises 70 metres and is faced in dark glass. The other two volumes are finished in matt concrete. All dwellings enjoy a view of either the River Oude Maas or the town of Spijkenisse.

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The Four Worlds is the first building in the development of Dijkzone. A distinctive feature of Spijkenisse is the many neighbourhoods of terraced housing. Owing to the ageing population in these neighbourhoods, seniors are having to relocate to apartments elsewhere. The Four Worlds offers them a home, and Mei has given them back their sense of place and neighbourhood. Places for encounters are therefore important elements in the complex, which features a recreation deck containing a barbecue area, petanque and tennis court, and a big glasshouse. In addition, the randomly protruding balconies create opportunities to strike up conversations with neighbours. 136


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Artist Milou van Ham collected hundreds of words that convey the identity of Spijkenisse and cast them in the facade and balcony components. Two layers of words can be distinguished: the first can be read vertically from a distance of about 300 metres from the building; and the second can be read from the balconies of the apartments. A grid of words also adorns the bottom side of the balconies. 141


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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, The Netherlands

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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Redevelopment locomotive site in Leverkusen competition finalist client: Cube Real Estate program: 20.000 m2 living, working and recreation team Mei: Robert Winkel, Michiel van Loon, Anton Wubben, Steef Meijer, Carsten Smink, Lisa Gotz, Roberto Magnanini, YanHang Lo Location: Leverkusen, Germany

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 2000 m2 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.

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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Renovation of post-war national monument and shopping area De Lijnbaan 1st prize architect selection 2014 client: Eigenarenvereniging Lijnbaan program: Renovation canopies and faรงades team Mei: Robert Winkel, Menno van der Woude, Roy Wijte, Ruben Aalbersberg, Kasia Domachovska contractor: J.P. van Eesteren construction: Pieters Bouwtechniek cultural historic research: SteenhuisMeurs completion: 2018 location: De Lijnbaan, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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. 167


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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.

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.

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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Renovation of a national Monument client: ASR Vastgoed Vermogensbeheer program: 480 m2 retail team Mei: Robert Winkel, Menno van der Woude, Martin van der Werf, Roy Wijte, Reinoud van der Zijde contractor: Koers, Rotterdam construction: PBT cultural/historic research: SteenhuisMeurs material research: Lisette Kappers fire: DGMR completion: 2012 - 2013 location: Lijnbaan 77, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 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 and 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.

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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. figure 1 old situation 1957, corner Lijnbaan & Aert van Nesstraat figure 2 old situation 1953 figure 3 cultural history analysis by SteenhuisMeurs (old situation 2012)

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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 Netherlands

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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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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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.

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Parking garage, Block 11, Almere-Buiten awards: WAN Metal in architecture awar d 2014 - shortlist client: Stadsbeheer Gemeente Almere program: 14.500 m2 413 parkingspaces team Mei: Robert Winkel, Menno van der Woude, Hennie Dankers, Robert Platje, Pepijn Berghout, Maurice de Ruijter, Nars Broekharst contractor: Koopmans Bouw construction: Pieters Bouwtechniek Almere fire: Van Elst & Roelofs PlancoĂśrdinatie green supplies: Copijn garden & landscape architects building costs: â‚Ź 5.400.000,completion: 2011 location: Straat van Florida 1334 PA Almere, The Netherlands

The development of the Gnome Parkinggarage, a car park with a capacity of 413 spaces, forms part of the extension to the centre of Almere-Buiten. Plenty of greenery and an easily understandable structure are features of Almere-Buiten. In the field of architecture, many experiments with innovative materials and inventive structures have taken place here, and these are also features of the Gnome Garage.

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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 completion: 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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Transformation of an old factory awards: Roterodamum Restauratieprijs 2013, 2e prijs Rotterdam Architectuurprijs 2013, shortlist juryprijs Rotterdam Arc hitectuurprijs 2013, 2e prijs publieksclient: Havensteder / Lingotto 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 construction: BAM woningbouw Rotterdam cultural historical research: SteenhuisMeurs building costs: â‚Ź 4.000.000 completion: 2012 location: Mathenesserdijk 410, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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.

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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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Transformation of a modern business palace into monumentale lofts client: Waterford Investments & Vervat Vastgoed / IBB Kondor 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 construction: Pieters Bouwtechniek cultural-historic research: SteenhuisMeurs completion: 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) Hoofdingang noord | SteenhuisMeurs, 15.12.2016

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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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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 SchiehavenMüllerpier, 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 awards: Rotterdam building quality prize 2009, nomination BNA Building of the year 2009, nomination Job Dura prize 2008, shortlist client: OBR Ontwikkelings Bedrijf Rotterdam ( Rotterdam City Development Corporation), Woningstichting PWS (PWS Housing Association) and Proper Stok Rotterdam program: 55.000 m2 living/working units, offices, garage, quayside dwellings, supermarket, gym and semi-public deck 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 construction: PBT, DHV building physics: DGMR MEP: Grontmij Bravenboer & Scheers material research: Aldus Bouwinnovatie wind conditions: Windsafe fire: Ralph Hamerlinck cost consultant: Bouwhaven building costs: â‚Ź 42.000.000,completion: 2005 - 2008 location: Lloydpier (Lloyd quay), Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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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.

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.

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.

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The new headquarters of local radio and television station RTV Rijnmond is phase 4a in the redevelopment of the Schiecentrale on Lloydstraat in Rotterdam. The building, which houses not only RTV Rijnmond but also other firms, forms the heart of the audio-visual sector in Rotterdam along with Schiecentrale, the 25kV building, STROOM hotel and restaurant, and the new building of phase 4b. The sturdy character of the RTV Rijnmond building by Mei Architects en stedenbouwers, both in scale and appearance, is a direct reference to the large size of the Schiecentrale, a former electricity generating station, and to the imposing ships that used to dock on the quay nearby. The faรงade of the building is made of rusty brown cast-iron panels that are decorated with maritime and audio-visual motifs designed by Studio Job. The window openings in this cast-iron section extend over two levels. The ground-floor faรงade facing Lloydstraat is a transparent wall of glass below two cantilevered levels faced with steel panels. That gives this section of the building the character of a large awning that directs attention to the entrance and studios of RTV Rijnmond.

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Factory floor The entrance leads to a large hall containing studio spaces where regional radio and TV programmes are produced. Grouped around these studios are all the supporting spaces such as canteen, editorial spaces and server room. The studios hanging in the space and the big void give the setting the character of an industrial factory floor where news rather than harbour products are processed. The two floors clad in metal panels are supported by two striking V-stanchions whose tapering legs come together on the studio square. Spanning on top of the stanchions are two large lattice girders 45 metres in length. The whole setting has the character of a container crane placed indoors. Other structural elements also recall the industrial port activities of days gone by. The structure is made of steel H profiles. The exposed sturdy bolt connections combine with the rusty faรงade to give the building a subtly well-used appearance. Projection screen The structure of the building and the square are clearly visible from the street through the glazed faรงade. The images of current news on the big projection screens on the square are the first things that grab attention. The circle of news processing is thus complete: news comes from the street, is then processed in the building and is then visible again from the street. The building has a total floor area of 10,000 metres.

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Re-use transformer vault client: Ontwikkelings Bedrijf Rotterdam program: 2.500 m2 hotel-restaurant team Mei: Robert Winkel building costs: ₏ 3.175.000,completion: 2004 location: Lloydpier (Lloyd quay), Rotterdam, The Netherlands 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.

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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. 311


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Re-use of a National Monument awards: 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 program: 21.000 m2 99 loft apartments + 10 penthouses 3500 m2 commercial and café space designteam: 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, The Netherlands

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