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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 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) 2020 - present Chairman Quality-team Merwede, Utrecht 2020 Chairman of Regulations Four-year Institutional Subsidy at Creative Industries Fund 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) 7


Robert Platje

associate partner (01.07.1975)

Education DGBC Rotterdam, HBO sustainability building environment. Randmeer College Harderwijk, MBO bouwkunde Job positions 2019 - present BNA member of the policy advisory committee on technology and regulations 2017 - present Mei architects and planners associate partner 2012 - 2017 Mei architects and planners project manager, specialty: building technology and BIM 2012 - 2012 SPEE architects project manager 2011 - 2012 PLUS architects project manager 2000 - 2011 Mei architects and planners building technologist / project manager 1998 - 2000 Tekta architects project manager 1996 - 1998 Design office Ad van de Vis project manager 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) Fenixlofts, Rotterdam Glashaven Rotterdam Kaaspakhuis, Gouda DUWO, Amsterdam De Generaal, Rijswijk McDonald’s Coolsingel 44, Rotterdam De Verkenner, Utrecht Oceaanhuis, Rotterdam Van Stigt Thans, Schiedam De Fabriek Delfshaven, Rotterdam Verket Moss, Norway Kauwgomballenfabriek, Amsterdam Cooltower, Rotterdam De 4 werelden, Spijkenisse Kaboutergarage, Almere LOC, Hardenberg Kraton 230, Rotterdam Schiecentrale 4b, Rotterdam Asterweg Max&Moore, Amsterdam Jobsveem, Rotterdam SAWA, Rotterdam NMBS Hoofdkantoor, Brussels 8


Michiel van Loon associate partner (28.6.1985)

Education 2007 - 2011 2003 - 2007

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

Job positions 2017 - present 2012 - present 2011 - 2012 2010 2010 2008 - 2009 2006 - 2008

Mei architects and planners 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 - present 2018 - present 2018 2017 2016 2016 2009 - 2016 2011

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

associate partner project architect project architect architect researcher architect architect

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 Asterweg Max&Moore, Amsterdam Cooltower, Rotterdam Boompjes tower, Rotterdam Weeshuis, Gouda Vuurtorenweg, Scheveningen Blokkerlocatie, Gouda OMY museum, Reimerswaal SAWA, Rotterdam 9


Awards

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BNA Beste Gebouw van het Jaar, nomination, Fenix I, 2020 FX Design Awards, nomination, Fenix I, 2020 Architectenweb Awards Woongebouw van het Jaar, nomination, Fenix I, 2020 German Design Awards, special mention, Fenix I, 2021 Iconic Awards for Innovative Architecture, 1e prijs, Fenix I, 2020 THE PLAN Awards, nomination, Fenix I, 2020 Blueprint Awards, nomination, Fenix I, 2020 Nationale Steel prize, nomination, Fenix I, 2020 ULI Europe Awards for Excellence, nomination, Fenix I, 2020 Rotterdam Architectuur Prize, jury prize, Fenix I, 2019 Rotterdam Architectuur Prize, voter’s prize, Fenix I, 2019 Reynaers Project prize, nomination, Fenix I, 2019 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 German Design Award, winner, McDonald’s Coolsingel 44 Rotterdam, 2016 Iconic Awards, winner category Architecture, McDonald’s Coolsingel 44 Rotterdam, 2015 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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Jury comments

Rotterdam Architecture prize 2019 - Fenix I - winner jury prize “The building shows the enthusiasm of all those involved – client, architect, contractor and users. It is a new icon for the city of Rotterdam and it proves that no bridge is too far for densifying the layered city” Rotterdam Architecture prize 2019 - Fenix I - winner voter’s prize “Amazing, how an abandoned and dreary part of the town has come to life, became easy accessible and playful. From a depreciated place to the place to be.. Unique project.” MIPIM / AR Future Project Award 2019 - Fenix I - winner Old & New “The design of Fenix I makes a coherent relationship between old and new which elegantly dovetails existing and added structure and convincingly first into its docklands context.” ARC18 Development Award - Cheese Warehouse Gouda - 1st prize “The Cheese Warehouse in Gouda is a project that has everything the jury was looking for. It is a project that most parties considered development to be too risky. A project that has a great complexity and is realized in a difficult market. It is a project that has become a decisive success in commercial terms and that circularity is of paramount importance. A project where users could assert their individual wishes.” Betonprijs 2017 - De Verkenner - nomination Residential building “The care with which the building has been developed and realized can only be achieved if all parties involved have the same ambition: to give a qualitative boost to the post-war neighborhood. They have succeeded extremely well in this.“ BNA Beste Gebouw van het Jaar 2016 - McDonald’s Coolsingel 44 Rotterdam - nomination “Fast food chains and architecture: it is a seemingly impossible combination. The standard building formulas of restaurants such as McDonald’s hardly tolerate deviating designs, the interiors are generally not focused on comfort, but rather on a stay that is as short as possible. The spectacular transformation of the McDonald’s on Coolsingel in Rotterdam proves that things can be done differently. The pavilion was once declared the ugliest building in Rotterdam. The franchisee decided to take on the challenge, together with Mei architects, to make it the most beautiful McDonald’s in the Netherlands. The jury believes that they have succeeded; this is “a jewel for Big Mac eaters.” It’s good that in this way, this audience is being confronted with something beautiful.” ARC15 Detail award - McDonald’s Coolsingel 44 Rotterdam - nomination “Perfectly detailled pavillion” WAN Metal in architecture award 2014 - Gnome Garage Parking - nomination “I like that there is a high level of transparency, it is quite difficult to do.” Nationale Renovatieprijs 2009 - Jobsveem - 1st prize “The transformation of a warehouse, where goods were stored directly from the ships into the harbor, to a highquality combination of mainly living, but also working in the plinth of the building is, according to the jury, very praiseworthy. The original quality of the building has been enhanced by the intervention to bring more daylight into the building. With that intervention right through the building in the form of atria, a stiffness is guaranteed by installing a steel cage that also includes all services. The old attic has been topped up, under which new penthouses have been made. The apartments have been presented as lofts. The facade image with the original outward opening loading / unloading doors is inventively solved by turning it into sliding doors. The jury now regards the building as a major asset of this location, both due to the mix of functions and the appearance of the building, and recommends tackling the guard façade on the city side quickly.” 12


Nederlandse Bouwprijs 2009 - Jobsveem - nomination “The Jobsveem national monument is a wonderful example of revitalizing an industrial building and is therefore of great significance for the future. The designers have carefully added a new architectural interpretation to the existing characteristic building. This has created a good and balanced symbiosis between old and new. “ Rotterdamse Bouwkwaliteitsprijs 2008 - Jobsveem - 1st prize “The St. Job project is a high-quality reconstruction of industrial heritage with contemporary interventions to give new meaning to the existing building. The robust architecture has been restored to its former glory, while maintaining the authentic atmosphere. What immediately catches the eye and for which the jury expresses its appreciation, is the respectful attitude of the architect regarding the monument. The precision with which has been worked to preserve the authenticity and let it speak, is clearly noticeable. The interventions that were necessary to be able to give a new function to the industrial heritage correspond in scale and form to the monumentality of the building. The art of making an incision in a high-profile building like this lies in the application of powerful yet modest architecture. The subtle use of hard contemporary materials fits the robustness of the building. ... Showing the overwhelming support structure intensifies the experience of living in a monument. The projecting platforms for the transhipment of goods are designed as spacious balconies. The arsenal of housing types and sizes is further enhanced by the construction in the longitudinal direction of the building. There is an archetypal image with the necessary restraint in design and positioning. The revitalization of this industrial heritage with its new function is certainly an added value for the city. Nationale Staalprijs 2008 - Jobsveem - 1st prize “The building task in our country will increasingly consist of redeveloping buildings that form part of our cultural heritage. This project is a good example of this. The Jobsveem national monument is given a new function in an impressive way, while retaining its authentic character. The precise and modest design of the new “incised” atria in steel and glass has been very successful. The subtle and natural addition of new steel to the original cast-iron construction gives the building extra quality.” BNA gebouw van het jaar 2008 - Schiecentrale 4B - nomination “Schiecentrale 4B exudes enormous self-confidence. The building is tough, dynamic and smart and has a clear icon effect. According to the jury, the architect has cleverly succeeded in presenting a large, rich and varied program in a metropolitan way. By placing functions such as a supermarket and gymnasium all around and, apart from apartments, also creating land-based quay homes, the plinth generates commotion, the building stands firmly on the ground and anchors itself on all sides in the urban fabric. The jury praises the starting point for turning Schiecentrale 4B into a common building. By dividing offices and homes over a lower and a higher drive, a public accessible courtyard with picnic tables and play options is created in the middle, on top of the parking garage. The jury thinks the raw materials that match the harbor have been successful. The storages hanging from the gallery may be a bit too risky for some residents, but the window in the storage room makes up for a lot. The homes themselves are comfortable, with clear units, lots of views and real flexibility. There are some questions about the position of the entrance and about the lack of spatiality and orientation when entering. The jury would prefer to have experienced the grandeur of the building here too.“ Schiecentrale 4B - Rotterdamse Bouwkwaliteitsprijs 2009, nominatie “The jury greatly appreciates the wildly experimental Schiecentrale. This experimental building belongs exactly in Rotterdam; it cannot be found anywhere else. The open floor plans and the conceptual material choices will appeal precisely to the specific public for which this building is intended.“

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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

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8de Verdieping

Doorsnede CC

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Isometrie Spuiboulevard

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4de Verdieping

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Doorsnede BB

1ste Verdieping

Doorsnede AA + Doorsnede Entree A

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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. (GPRand-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

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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

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Q-terrein, Rotterdam

OPG terrein, Utrecht

21 Station Sloterdijk

1983

2000

Kauwgomballenfabriek, Amsterdam

1973

Het Slaakhuys, Rotterdam - listed monument

1954

Scye010, Schiedam

De Lijnbaan, Rotterdam - listed monument

1953

1970

Spaardersbad, Gouda - listed monument

1933

De Generaal, Rijswijk

Sfinx, Maastricht - listed monument

1930

1966

25kV gebouw, Rotterdam

Confectiefabriek, Rotterdam

1920

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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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Fenix I, Rotterdam McDonald’s Coolsingel 44, Rotterdam SAWA, Rotterdam De Generaal, Rijswijk Cheese Warehouse, Gouda Residential tower ‘De Verkenner’, Utrecht Silk Factory - Russia Kabeldistrict, Delft SPOT, Amsterdam Spaardersbad Swimmingpool, Gouda St Janskerk, Schiedam The 4 Worlds, Spijkenisse Bridge of Sighs, Schiedam Lokhalle - Germany Van Gendthallen, Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station, Amsterdam De Lijnbaan, Rotterdam Lijnbaan 77, Rotterdam Desiré Colombe quarter Nantes - France Rijksadministratie, Gouda Orphanage, Gouda OMY Museum, Yrseke Gnome Parking Garage, Almere Gum factory, Amsterdam Dynamic Masterplan Verket Moss - Norway De Fabriek Delfshaven, Rotterdam Cooltower, Rotterdam Binckhorst Nieuwe Hallen, The Hague Max & Moore, Amsterdam WEST507, Rotterdam LLoydquarter, Rotterdam Schiecentrale 4B, Rotterdam 25kV, Rotterdam Kraton 230, Rotterdam Hotel Restaurant STROOM, Rotterdam Jobsveem, Rotterdam

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Fenix I, Rotterdam

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Loft apartments on top of a monumental dockyard warehouse awards: German Design Awards 2021, special mention Iconic Awards 2020, 1st prize Rotterdam Architectuurprijs 2019, Jury & public prize Reynaers projectprijs 2019, nomination 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 (212) team Mei: Robert Winkel, Robert Platje, Michiel van Loon, King Chaichana, Johan van Es, Rutger Kuipers, Rob Reintjes, Danijel Gavranovic, Adriaan Smidt, Riemer Postma, Kasia Ephraim, Daam van der Leij, Reinoud van der Zijde, Ruben Aalbersberg, Lore van de Venne, Arjan Kunst, Sean Bos, Jan Hoogervorst, Roy Wijte, Menno van der Woude, Oliver Micek photography: Ossip van Duivenbode, Marc Goodwin (Archmospheres), Peter Hooijmeijer building costs: 48.000.000,- euro completion: 2015 - 2019 location: Veerlaan / Rijnhaven, Rotterdam, The Netherlands With 45,000 m2 of mixed-use program and a unique steel table construction that is built right through the existing monumental warehouse, Rotterdam has gained a bold and iconic building: Fenix I. The original Fenix warehouse, built in 1922 for the Holland America Line, has been redeveloped and renovated for an extensive mixed-use program, including the Cultuur Cluster, formed by Codarts Circus Arts School, Conny Janssen Danst and Circus Rotjeknor. On top of the 100-year-old monumental Fenix warehouse, a new volume with 212 loft homes has been built. Fenix I excels in technical terms, the loft concept is exceptional in its size and from an architectural point of view, Fenix I has become an icon for Rotterdam.

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From San Francisco warehouse to Fenix I The Fenix warehouses, located opposite Hotel New York and the Rijnhaven Bridge, were built in 1922 due to the considerable expansion of the fleet and number of routes of the Holland America Line at that time. The architect was Mr C.N. van Goor. The warehouse was called the San Francisco warehouse and was an impressive 360 metres long, making it the largest shipping terminal in the world at the time. The concrete facade was characterised by large loading decks. A special feature of the warehouse were the two railway lines running through the building, and the freight elevators that lorries could use to load and unload their goods onto the first floor. At the end of World War II, large parts of the quay were destroyed. In the early 1950s a fire (presumably originating in stored cocoa) caused substantial damage to the central part of the warehouse. In 1954, the warehouse was restored into two buildings and expanded and widened on the quay side. In the middle part, a square with canteen building was realised (the current Fenixplein and canteen Walhalla) flanked by the rebuilt warehouses, Fenix I and Fenix II. In the 1980s port activities moved westward and the warehouses fell into disuse. Since 2007, the city of Rotterdam committed to the restructuring and transformation of the Katendrecht district. The Deliplein in particular was an important part of this project. Over time Katendrecht transformed from a disadvantaged area into a trendy and most popular district, with numerous culinary, creative and cultural enterprises. Around 2009, Heijmans started planning for the development of the Fenix I warehouse. After examining the surrounding building volumes of the Rijnhaven, in consultation with the City Development Department, it was decided to add extra volume on top of the warehouse. In 2013, Mei architects and planners won the architectural tender for the redevelopment of Fenix I. figure 1 San Francisco warehouse in operation, around 1930 figure 2 San Francisco warehouse at Deliplein, around 1930 figure 3 San Francisco warehouse after World War Two and fire, around 1950 figure 4 Fenix I and II in operation, around 1955 figure 5 Scheme showing different time layers of Fenix I figure 6,7 Fenix l existing sitiation in 2016 29


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Existing warehouse – Interlayer – New housing block The overall design for Fenix I consists of three main parts. First of all, it comprises the existing Holland America Line warehouse: 140 meters long and 40 meters deep, with 2 floors with 6 meters free height. This warehouse has largely been redeveloped and renovated for mixed use. On top of that an in-between layer consisting of a gigantic spaceframe structure separates the existing warehouse and new volume above. This interlayer has a clear height of 4 meters and accommodates loft dwellings adjacent to a large courtyard garden. And on top of this spaceframe a new enclosed building block arises, executed as a flexible concrete construction, with loft apartments of varying size and with 2.5 meters deep outdoor spaces all around. The gallery on the inside of the building block connects, by means of four elevators and staircases, to a public passageway on the ground floor, that runs through the heart of the original warehouse. Segmentation and fusion The design for Fenix I was aimed to merge old and new, instead of to create contrast. The primary principle of the design was therefore to connect the building and its immediate surroundings. For that reason, it was decided to heighten the building on the Rijnhaven side (9 layers on top of the warehouse) to match the size and scale of the buildings around the Rijnhaven. On the Veerlaan side, the new building volume was limited to four layers, in keeping with the lower surrounding buildings of Katendrecht.

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Fusion on the Rijnhaven side On the Rijnhaven side, the original warehouse is characterised by brute concrete, the presence of large loading doors, an elongated bulky loading deck and a long letterbox window. This facade, dating from the 1950s, is restored to its former glory. In line with the letterbox window, the new housing volume is connected by means of the interlayer with its dark, uniform front. Eight concrete residential layers with a ninth layer comprising prominent penthouses are built on top. The design results in a fusion of old and new, making the facade look grand and imposing. Fenix I relates to the existing buildings in the Rijnhaven area, both new and historical, like for instance the adjacent Codrico building.

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Segmentation on the Veerlaan side The facade of the Fenix warehouse on the Veerlaan side was reconstructed to resemble its appearance in 1922. The plaster on the concrete facade was restored to its original state and the loading decks, which disappeared over time, were rebuilt. On the ground floor, the glass walls were moved back slightly in relation to the concrete construction to emphasise the gallery, where the trains used to pass through. The facade of the interlayer is characterised by a constant repetition of a dark facade elements and in its entirety is positioned slightly back in relation to the warehouse. The new housing volume above it consists of three layers and a setback of separate penthouse units. This creates a high-contrast segmented volume on the Veerlaan side that matches the streetscape. figuur 13 Facade on the Veerlaan side figuur 14 View at Fenix I from Deliplein figuur 15 Entrance of Fenix passage at the Veerlaan

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The muse frame An important aspect of the design is the sixth facade, this being the bottom side of the balconies. In the new housing volume, the consoles of the balconies have been executed with great attention and finesse. Their appearance is referring back to the Fenix warehouse. The balustrades of the balconies, which surround the entire building, are made of sandwiched glass and so-called “muse frames�: repetitive industrial steel frame elements, that invite you to lean on it and daydream, and which fit the character and the use of the port. In total no less than 516 muse frames were added to the facade. The courtyard of the enclosed building block is an oasis of calm, that contrasts with its surroundings. It was a conscious choice to use a gallery to access the loft apartments, as this encourages social interaction between the residents. The tranquillity of the inner courtyard is emphasised by the use of white concrete, combined with warm wooden facades, that go from a dark colour tone at the top to a light tone along the lower floors. The design of the balustrades incorporates integrated flower boxes, allowing plants to climb up along the galleries.

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The Fenix passage The Fenix passage is a new inner street, 40 meters long, that runs right through the building and connects the city side (Veerlaan) with the quay. This street is perhaps one of the most exciting spaces in Fenix, which best expresses the energy and kinetic intensity of the building’s past and present and exposes the different layers of time. From the passage, the residents reach the secure and transparent entrance to the Fenix lofts. By means of four glass elevators, the residents are led through the roof of the warehouse to the inner area, which is characterized by light, greenery and transparency and forms a strong contrast with the strong industrial structures of the dockyard. The dynamics of Fenix become visible and tangible through the many lines of sight that bring the different functions and activities together in the Fenix. Through huge glass fronts, people who pass by are offered a view of the 12-meter high practice and trapeze room of the Codarts Circus School. On the opposite side the passage offers a glimpse into the public parking garage. Through the glass skylight of the passage one can look upwards and a connection is made with the inner garden and green galleries of the Fenixlofts. figuur 20 Public passage, view at parking garage figuur 21 Public passage, view at Cultural Cluster figuur 22 BIM section of stairwell in Fenix passage

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Courtyard The inner area of the closed building block contrasts with the surroundings and is an oasis of tranquility. A deliberate choice was made to open up the gallery to stimulate contact between residents. The tranquility is emphasized by the gallery in white concrete, combined with a warm wooden facade, which changes from dark on the top, to light on the bottom floors. The design of the railings incorporates flower boxes as an integral part, from which climbing plants grow along the galleries.

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Fenix Lofts The residential volume on top of the warehouse comprises 212 lofts. In the interlayer, these apartments have a clear height of 4m. The impressive space frame structure of the steel table construction is unmistakably part of the apartment. The lofts in the interlayer have a harmonica facade on the Rijnhaven side and a private outdoor space opening out onto the courtyard area. The first three floors in the concrete volume above comprise about 80 rental apartments, with limited variation. The floors above that contain approximately 130 lofts, with a high degree of flexibility in size and lay-out. In order to realize this, the initial design phase included detailed research into the placement of shafts and meter cupboards. Therefor the floors of each apartment were individually prepared for construction with piping and armouring. The apartments vary in size from 40 to 300 m2 and all 130 lofts are unique. In order to optimise flexibility, the apartments have a ceiling height of 2.7m, and in the penthouses the ceilings are 3m high. All the apartments, also the rental homes, have large sliding doors and spacious, 2.5 m deep balconies with a glass balustrade, to make the most of the exceptional location and fantastic views. On the short side of the building block, where the building volume has stepped roofs, the penthouses also have spacious roof terraces. Mei architects has advised on the interior design for about 50 lofts, and about 50% of all loft owners chose to retain the brute concrete finish on the ceilings and columns resulting from the tunnel construction and formwork systems.

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The distinctive architecture as well as the exceptional residential product offered by Fenix I attracts residents and users with a similar mindset. This means that, even in a building combining rental and owner-occupied apartments, the gallery is open and contributes to the quality of living. The residents of Fenix form an inclusive community, where people live together and share their lives.

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Fenix Docks The existing warehouse, Fenix Docks, has a mixed-use purpose. Part of the warehouse was rebuilt to provide for an efficient public parking garage with 270 parking spaces. Along the quay, there are 5 quay houses, each with 2 floors with a height of 6m. These apartments have a free lay-out, are fitted with original loading doors and can be accessed directly from the Rijnhaven quay. In addition, Fenix Docks offers room to three well-known cultural institutions, which together form the Culture Cluster: Conny Janssen Danst, Codarts Circus School and youth Circus Rotjeknor. Mei played a key role in mediating between the municipality of Rotterdam and these organisations, that are each active in (one of) the 3 Cs (culinary, creative and cultural). Mei developed inventive solutions to fit the various required spaces into the existing warehouse structure. The required column-free spaces, the requested free height for the training rooms, and the shared communal areas made this spatial integration a complex challenge. The result is a smart design with both communal and private spaces. Spontaneous meetings between the various organisations and users take place at various places, but there is also sufficient privacy. The foyer is such a communal meeting place, with a glass wall that provides a glimpse into the Codarts training room. The foyer is accessible from the Fenixplein on the south side of the building and gives access to the ‘docks’ and the ‘arts’ parts of the Culture Cluster.

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The programming of various companies on the quay of the Rijnhaven and the Veerlaan side, such as West 8 and the Fenix Food Factory, gives the building an active base. Along the quay, Fenix Docks accommodates various catering companies, including the Fenix Food Factory, which enhances the vibrant and public character of the quayside. In order to make both sides of the building easily accessible, Mei designed a passageway that runs straight through the building from the Veerlaan side to the Rijnhaven side. During the day, this passage is open to the public. Residents of the lofts above have access to their home via an entrance hall in the passageway. Glass walls in the passageway offer residents and visitors a glimpse into the Culture Cluster.

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A kiloton of steel The technical challenge of Fenix I is most evident in its construction. By placing an immense steel table construction, weighing approximately one kiloton (1 million kg), running it through the existing warehouse and giving it a separate foundation, the monumental warehouse could be largely preserved. Moreover, a considerable volume of living space could be added, which was technically kept completely separate from the warehouse. The new foundation of the table was carefully inserted in between the warehouse’s existing foundation blocks. The steel structure was fully welded in the works, which is a very exceptional method in the Netherlands. The new concrete volume (Fenix Lofts) was constructed by means of a concrete tunnel construction, with walls made of disc columns to create a high degree of flexibility. The combination of this steel table structure with a concrete tunnel construction on top is unique in the world.

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DUURZAAME ENERGIE CIRCULARITEIT SCHONE LUCHT KLIMAATADAPTIE OPVANG REGENWATER / KLIMAATADAPTIE dak wordt volledig benut voor waterrecuperatie

NATUURINCLUSIEF vergroende daktuin voor een gezonde comfortabele leefomgeving en vergroten biodiversiteit - filteren fijnstof

NATUURINCLUSIEF verticaal groene gevel m slim irrigatiesysteem, flora en fauna

AANPASBARE INSTALLATIES (TOEKOMSTBESTENDIG) installaties eenvoudig bereikbaar en aanpasbaar, dmv centrale rondgaande ‘ring’ (aorta)

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EXTRA VERDIEPINGSHOOGTE aanpasbaarheid in programma en indelingsvarianten

FLEXIBILITEIT Hoofddraagconstructie dmv schijfkolommen ipv dragende gesloten wanden: maximaal aanpasbaar en toekomstbestendig ELEKTRISCHE VOERTUIGEN Parkeergarage met oplaadpunten elektrische voertuigen (fietsen en auto’s) KOELEN EN VERWARMEN warmte- en koudeopslag in de bodem VERMINDERING CO2 UITSTOOT door gebruik te maken van een warmtepomp

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Sustainability Sustainability is an integral part of Fenix I, starting with maximum reuse of the existing building. The new building is future-proof and adaptable due to the extra storey height and can be flexibly partitioned because of a main supporting structure consisting of disc columns instead of walls and the central circular installation ring. The building volume and the facades have been optimised to allow daylight to enter the courtyard and the apartments. The glass facades offering prime views, are made of high-performance solar control glazing. Combined with the exterior sunshades and the balconies, solar heat entering the building is blocked and the need for cooling is reduced. The roof gardens and vertical green courtyard facades stimulate a healthy, comfortable and nature-inclusive living environment. They filter particulates from the air and the green roofs collect rainwater which can be reused.

NATUURLIJKE DAGLICHTTOETREDING gevels en bouwvolume geoptimaliseerd op daglichttoetreding. Optimaal benutten lichttoetreding en uitzicht. ENERGIEBESPARING doeltreffende LED verlichting

The building makes efficient use of energy by using LED lighting in the communal areas, has a mechanical ventilation system with high-efficiency heat recovery and applies heat and cold storage for cooling and heating of the building.

BUITENZONWERING warmtewering en beperken koelbehoefte door middel van zonwerend glas en buitenzonwering VERMINDEREN KOELBEHOEFTE verminder de koelbehoefte door balkons

WARMTETERUGWINNING VENTILATIE mechanische ventilatie met hoog rendement warmte terugwinning

THERMISCH COMFORT thermisch comfort geoptimaliseerd door hoog rendement zonwerende beglazing

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McDonald’s Coolsingel 44, Rotterdam

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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 photography: Jeroen Musch (1, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11), Frans Hanswijk (8), Ossip van Duivenbode (10, 12, 15, 16, 17) 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.

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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 faรงades all around. A fully transparent lobby, with entrances on three sides, makes it seem as though the public space flows through the building. Integrated power boxes The various power boxes for utilities and traffic regulation systems, always an eyesore on the street, are integrated into the building. Moreover, the incorporation of illumination into the faรงade will enhance safety on the street. Technical installations are integrated within the roof, which is designed as a fifth faรงade. To strengthen the connection between the pavilion and its surroundings, the outdoor terrace will feature the same furniture found in other public spaces in the city of Rotterdam.

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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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Unique wooden residential building in the heart of the Lloydquarter in Rotterdam client: Nice Developers & Era Contour program: ca. 100 apartments (50 modal segment rental and 50 owner-occupied) and commercial/social functions team Mei: Robert Winkel, Robert Platje, Michiel van Loon, Leen Kooman, Nino Schoonen, Jelle Grunstra, Chris Idema, Roberto Magnanini, Katarina Jovic, Roxana Aron, Weronika Witkowicz contractor: ERA Contour constructor: Pieters Bouwtechniek wood, innovation and sustainability consultant: Aldus Bouwinnovatie biodiversity consultant: Bureau Stadsnatuur & Piet Vollaard ecology consultant: Copijn fire consultant: Adviesbureau Hamerlinck wind consultant: Peutz building physics consultant: DGMR construction costs consultant: Maatwerk in Bouwadvies location: Lloydpier, Rotterdam visuals: WAX & Mei architects and planners Commissioned by Nice Developers & Era Contour, Mei architects and planners is designing “SAWA�: a unique wooden residential building in the heart of the Lloydquarter in Rotterdam. Exceptional to SAWA is that the building will be built entirely in CLT (cross-laminated timber) and is therefore the first fully wooden residential building of 50 meters high in Rotterdam. In addition, the building is distinguished by the generous green terraces, with which the building enhances the biodiversity of the neighborhood. The aim is to start construction early 2021.

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Innovation in timber architecture In the context of the European Green Deal, UN Sustainable Development Goals and objectives of the municipality of Rotterdam to reduce CO2 emissions, the client and architect share the ambition to almost completely execute the building, including the main support structure, in CLT (90,97 %). There are multiple advantages of building in CLT: In addition to the fact that it stores CO2 and reduces emissions, construction time will be shorter compared to concrete construction and living comfort will increase. Together with a team of experts, existing solutions are combined, and innovations are designed to optimize the application of wood; minimizing the amount of concrete and steel in the design; and solving the resulting fire, noise, and vibration problems. The aim is to leave as much wood as possible visible in the houses and on the galleries and balconies. Only in places where the wood will be minimally experienced (storage room, toilet, bathroom), the walls will be finished with plaster. Most of the design solutions and technical elaborations are not new when viewed separately. The innovation of SAWA lies in the combination of all the things that contribute to the construction of a residential building of 50 meters high, of which the main supporting structure consists of more than 90% wood. SAWA will thus be an example project for new generations, an important step in the sustainability goals and demonstrable evidence that things can be done differently.

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Shared values SAWA is being developed in the heart of the neighborhood and will, partly because of this central location, provide added value to the neighborhood by creating meeting areas and by connecting with existing local initiatives. Various facilities will be added to the ground floor of the building and the green deck will function as a green connector between building and surrounding area (such as the communal garden) and add value for both residents and neighbors. The program comprises approximately 100 dwellings, of which 50 rental apartments in the modal segment, making it possible for people with indispensable professions (police officers, teachers, nurses, etc.) to remain in the city. The residential units are accessed through a gallery. Despite the concept of a gallery is still labeled unpopular by (amongst others) real estate agents, Mei is a strong supporter and has deliberately chosen for an open gallery to stimulate contact between residents. The success of this design choice has already proven itself in many other projects by Mei, such as Fenix I. The housing concept is enriched by various shared functions - such as shared mobility, tools, and vegetable garden - which actively create a community.

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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 photography: Ossip van Duivenbode visualisation: WAX Architectural Visualizations 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. DE N

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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 photography: Ossip van Duivenbode (1, 22, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 41, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49), Jeroen Musch (11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20) 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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Dark alley transformed into a light atrium The original cheese warehouse of ‘De Producent’ is a national monument. Therefore the main changes of the transformation to loft homes are only visible once you enter the building. The removal of pieces of the floor and facades on both sides of the original ventilation alley, and the addition of a glass roof, creates a royal atrium. Four layers of loft apartments can be reached from here. Parts of the original alley facade have been remained up and running as hoistway. The residents are able to reach their apartment through the two glass elevators which go up and down along the historical facades, while experiencing the building to the fullest.

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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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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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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 photography: Ossip van Duivenbode (1, 4, 6, 8, 13, 14, 15), Jeroen Musch (2, 3, 7, 10, 11) 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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Metamorphosis of former cable factory opdrachtgever: Kabeldistrict CV (cooperation between KondorWessels Vastgoed and Amvest BV) programma: business, start-up work-homes, facilities, sports, catering, and apartments (360,000 m2) team Mei: Robert Winkel, Michiel van Loon, Roberto Magnanini, Anton Wubben, Mattijs van ’t Hoff, Job Lee, Jokubas Platukis, Oleksii Ananiev, Geert Krusseman visualisatie: VERO Visuals locatie: Schieweg 15, Delft The Delft Kabeldistrict (cable district) is a distinctive contemporary urban expansion in which a business park is being transformed on a large scale into a vibrant living and working environment. The Kabeldistrict builds on existing qualities, activity and the industrial past of the existing large Cable Factory. The visible fusion of old and new creates its own identity that contributes to a strong cohesion and connection between future entrepreneurs and residents. With a high degree of circularity and a layered integration of greenery and water, Delft is at the forefront of productive and sustainable area development. The Delft Kabeldistrict is the start of new developments on the Schieoevers in Delft. The municipality has the ambition to develop Delft from a knowledge city into “HighTech Capital�. The business park of the former Dutch Cable Factory offers the opportunity to contribute to a significant part by modernizing the existing business park, connecting it to the knowledge-intensive TU Delft Campus and also stimulating the innovative manufacturing industry. The ambition of the broad design team is therefore to create an attractive and distinctive business environment in order to create a vibrant living and working environment. With a broad mix of homes combined with business space for start-ups, scale-ups and established businesses that are active in the innovative manufacturing industry, a future-oriented living-working environment is created in an urban density. The Kabeldistrict is distinctive for Delft, and even unique in the Netherlands on this scale.

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From 1914 to the present In 1914 the Dutch Cable Factory (NKF) was opened at the Schieoevers in Delft. After the war, the NKF grew into the largest cable factory in Europe. Around 1975, the NKF is at its top and is technically one of the world’s leading cable factories. As a result of a stagnation in the market, Factory II eventually became vacant in 1999. From 2009, in consultation with the municipality of Delft, various small-scale entrepreneurs will move to the old Cable Factory and business will start again. In 2017, Mei architects and planners will be commissioned by KondorWessels Vastgoed to design an area vision and urban development plan for the Kabeldistrict. Together with the municipality of Delft and an integral team of experts, the Provisional Urban Development Plan has been completed in 2019 and the design was enthusiastically received by the College and the Council of Delft. In Juli 2020 the agreement for the realization of the area has been signed by the municipality and Kabeldistrict. In fall 2020, the definitive urban plan, including the landscape design, will be elaborated.

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Concept design The development of the Cable District embraces and reinforces the character of the old factory and acquires a typical Delft atmosphere with compact, car-free streets and green courtyards. The structure of the existing factory has been taken as the starting point for the new district. The roof is taken off the factory. The characteristic steel lattice girders and facades are maintained and form typical design elements in the buildings and in public spaces. This creates a structure of half-timbered beams and long brick facades with strip windows. Within this construction, ground-level living / working homes are realized with roof terraces combined with a fine-mesh street pattern. Apartment buildings are placed on top of this layer in strategic places. The ground-level dwellings in the existing structure refer to the inner-city Delft human scale, with the layer above showing more kinship with modern expansions of Delft, such as Poptahof on the west side of the railway and the TU district.

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Mixing This typological mix of small-scale residential-to-work homes and above-ground / high-rise buildings is used as a template for the new construction in the area around the existing factory. This creates a new unique city district with great cohesion.

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Nature inclusive The plan is designed in a sustainable and climateadaptive manner, including a layered structure of intensive greenery in public spaces, as well as collective and private roof gardens. Sufficient water storage is visibly included in the street fabric that matches the character of the factory.

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Communities The user of the Cable District is central to the plan. The spatial structure has been carefully designed for a pleasant transition of buildings with different scales. Due to a strong mix of programs in the plinth, and compact indoor bicycle parking solutions, there is a high degree of social safety and comfort. With the creation of intimate places where encounters are possible, the human scale is strongly present. The plinth offers users privacy and security, with the “Delft sidewalk� contributing to a pleasant transition from private to public space and a dynamic street scene. The Cable District ultimately attracts people with the same mindset. People with the same mindset who come to live and work together are involved in the place. If you live in a collective garden you know the neighbors. The children play together in the street. You meet neighbors on foot to the train. In short; inclusive communities are being built in the Cable District.

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Tower E of SPOT, Amsterdam

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Healthy living in residential tower with bicycle concept client: COD Real Estate B.V. & DUQER program: 23.800 m2 BVO (262 woningen, commerciĂŤle ruimten, buurtkamer, bikebar, sportschool, parkeergarage) team Mei: Robert Winkel, Joost Wetzel, Chris Idema, Katarina Jovic, Roberto Magnanini, Sophie de Ridder team Marc Koehler Architects: Marc Koehler, Mira Nekova, Mitchel Vrolijk, Teun Vosters contractor: Plegt Vos construction: Zonneveld Ingenieurs fire: DGMR installation: Valstar Simonis building physics: DGMR completion: 2022 location: Bullewijk, Amsterdam

Together with Marc Koehler Architects, Mei architects and planners designs tower E of SPOT; a large-scale redevelopment of Bullewijk office park in Amsterdam Southeast. SPOT will be a new, cosmopolitan neighborhood with an Amsterdam character. The masterplan consists of five alternately high residential towers with fantastic views of the city, and low-rise buildings at intimate squares and green streets. In total there will be 1,090 new homes, consisting of a mix of owner-occupied and rental homes with various living areas. SPOT is conveniently located, at the center of Amstel III and near the Bijlmer-Arena station, various arterial roads and only fifteen minutes away from the center of Amsterdam. The area from the Amstel to the AMC is

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part of the largest area transformation in Amsterdam and will be completely overhauled in the coming years. Working will make way for housing and roads will be transformed into parks. The currently uninspiring office area will soon be a vibrant new residential area with many different facilities. There will be pop-up and concept stores, stylish boutiques, creative workspaces, small craft places, schools, cozy cafes and restaurants, and many sports facilities. In the design of the public space, green avenues will be created where cyclists will have priority. In addition to that, some calming stops near the waterside will be created. The provisional design of tower E was developed in close consultation with client Revital (a collaboration between COD Development and DUQER) and the municipality of Amsterdam and has now been approved by the area’s Supervisor, Don Murphy. The masterplan was designed by KAAN Architecten. Tower E The concept of tower E concerns a powerful and quirky loft building of about 90 meters high, which will house a rich mix of residents in (starter) studios, apartments, and family homes. The building is based on the idea of Open Building (Habraken), in which a timeless frame offers room for change and variations in floor plan, facade and layout. This creates a flexible building that can grow with its future. The homes will become light and pleasant and the community feeling is stimulated by means of an innovative bicycle concept that is integrated in the heart of the building.

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Unique cycling concept for the community Tower E is the only SPOT building with an atrium in the low-rise building. This atrium has also become one of the most important parts of the design. Because the atrium in the masterplan was initially quite tight and the amount of daylight in the adjoining spaces limited, Mei and MKA have integrated a unique bicycle concept directly at this atrium as the beating heart of the building; the so-called Bikeparc. The Bikeparc contributes to the vibrancy of the building, acts as the connecting factor of the community, and promotes healthy living, by making it easier to take the bike every day. The Bikeparc consists of a stacked bicycle parking of four layers in the heart of the low-rise building. There will be assigned places to park the bicycle, but there will also be room for special shared bicycles, such as electric bicycles for when you really want to cycle far or large cargo bicycles, for example to go to the hardware store without having to own a car. Comfortable ramps and bicycle lifts provide excellent accessibility and residents of the low-rise buildings can literally park their bikes in front of the door. This creates a socially safe and pleasant garage. This concept also leaves room in the plinth of the building to really activate it with a residential program and facilities. A bicycle bar at the entrance of the atrium is a great meeting place for a cup of coffee or a repair on your bicycle. The bar will have a large glass wall at the entrance to the atrium, which at the same time serves as a lantern for the courtyard in the evenings, thereby contributing to social safety. Opposite the bicycle bar there will be a sharing wall, where the community can share tools, books, and toys with each other.

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every address has appointed bicycle parking, so that as a resident of the low-rise, you always park on your own living floor. Residents of the high-rise park at 0 or 1 and continue to the lift. Comfortable parking for everyone!

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Facade and composition An architectonic-quality plan has been drawn up for all low-rise buildings of SPOT, with a prescribed grid structure and stony appearance. This grid and appearance have been continued in the high-rise of tower E, resulting in a robust building. The entire building is constructed in chic concrete; an innovative and daring material that ages beautifully and gives the building a timeless, sturdy, and warm appearance. By applying texture and color nuances within a classic layout of substructure (consisting of plinth and green interlayer), middle construction and top, it becomes a contemporary whole in which the different layers are clearly defined.

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Sustainability and health Tower E will meet the most modern requirements in the field of energy and sustainability. In addition to promoting healthy living by taking the bicycle as a starting point, and creating social safety and health in the community model, the building will also get the label BENG; the latest requirements in the field of energy-neutral construction that will apply from January 2021. On the roof of the tower, a solar crown with which local energy is generated, will be placed. And in the facades, an open-close ratio of 50% is maintained, in order to find an ideal balance between daylight and heating. The many generous outdoor spaces, green roofs and integrated green Amsterdam layer ensure biodiversity and a pleasant living environment, where people will be able to live healthy and enjoyable.

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Unique loft apartments in monumental swimming pool 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 construction: PBT, Delft photography: Ossip van Duivenbode completion: May 2019 location: Van Itersonlaan 10, Gouda, The Netherlands

One of the last remaining 1930s indoor swimming pools in The Netherlands, the Spaardersbad, is located in Gouda. The pool owes its name to the inhabitants of Gouda who together saved money during the crisis period (1933) to realize an indoor swimming pool. It is a unique building, created, preserved, and cherished with enthusiasm and cooperation. As one of the most visited swimming pools in the Netherlands in the last century, this pool retains personal memories of many generations of Gouda inhabitants. The transformation from swimming pool to residential building with six unique loft homes is based on the beauty of the original design and the rich history. The swimming pool has been preserved and serves as a communal courtyard, with which this monumental building has been redesigned in an exceptional way.

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Dive into the deep The Spaardersbad has a unique history. In the early 1930s, several active members of the Gouda swimming club set up a “committee of action” to build an indoor swimming pool in Gouda. Everyone could buy a share of 360 Dutch guilders, and so the pool was realized. The original design of the pool was made by architect Wolter Bakker of the construction agency of “De Vereenigde Sportfondsenbaden”. The Spaardersbad was opened in January 1939 and it quickly became one of the most visited swimming pools in the Netherlands. Due to growing competition in the 1960s, the Spaardersbad was taken over by the municipality on November 1, 1972. Since then it has been extensively renovated twice. For example, the large skylight was closed, the high edge of the bath was demolished, and the changing rooms and staircase were moved to the basement. With the arrival of the new Groenhovenbad, the Spaardersbad was closed in 2013. Municipal monument The Spaardersbad has been on the municipal monuments list since 1990. The swimming pool has a high historical value in use as Gouda’s first indoor swimming pool, where in the past 70 years almost the entire population of Gouda has learned to swim. Moreover, it is a rare example of a pre-war indoor pool.

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New in old From 2016, White House Development and Mei architects and planners developed a plan in close collaboration with the neighborhood and municipality to preserve this unique building and transform it into a residential building with “only� six unique homes around the original swimming pool. Before that time, there was already a lot of planning to redesign the pool. Repurposing it into a residential building with many apartments meant that due to the dire daylight, little of the monument would survive. Moreover, these plans would lead to high parking pressure in the district. The combination of the realization of only six houses and the addition of few parking spaces in the neighborhood ultimately saved the monument. The plan concept is based on three main interventions: adding only a few openings in the outer facade; opening the original skylight and adding a glass interior facade on the edge of the original bath also made the plan financially viable. The transformation of the Spaardersbad was a daring development for both client and architect because of the exceptional housing product that was designed in a provincial city such as Gouda. On the other hand, in theory that risk was also limited because in this case you only needed 6 buyers. The history of the building is still clearly visible in the transformed swimming pool. The original swimming pool has been preserved as a communal courtyard, which has been developed into a Mediterranean garden due to the microclimate that will develop. The roof has been opened where the original skylight was, to bring in light and air. The original steel roof construction was restored and brought into view. This construction continues in the houses, so that the special building history is also visible in the interior. The understated character of the horizontally masonry facade has remained intact. Only a few strategically added openings reveal the transformation the building has undergone inside. This way, the characteristic swimming pool facade has been maintained.

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Loft homes The loft houses in the Spaardersbad are all different due to their location around the pool. Except for two, the houses are accessed via wooden stairs and bridges that run above the swimming pool at the level of the first floor. All living areas are located on this floor. The high ceilings, which reach up to more than five meters, give the living space genuine loft quality. Moreover the restored steel construction contributes to the atmosphere of living in a loft. The high transparent interior facades around the courtyard provide ample daylight in the homes. The sleeping areas are on the ground floor, adjacent to the garden and bottom of the pool. In the original tiled walls of the pool, small round window openings have been made to connect with the inner garden in the pool. All houses have a private veranda adjacent to the green inner garden and a private garden at ground level on the outer facade. Characteristic elements are reflected in the interiors: original tiles can be found in various places; old dressing booths, clothes racks and banisters have been reused; and in one of the houses the diving board now functions as a bar. The result reflects the beauty of the monument’s original design and rich history on several levels. It shows the success of a transformation from the most visited and monumental swimming pool into a popular and unique residential building, where the new residents have proudly moved into their new Spaardersbad. Because of their choice to live in this unique building with distinct architecture and exceptional residential product, the residents are closely connected and form a close-knit community, where joy and sorrow are already shared.

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Innovative glass vault structure in Gothic church client: Stichting Instandhouding Grote of St. Janskerk Schiedam program: glass vault aboce meeting space team Mei: Robert Winkel, Robert Platje, Julius Kirchert, Roy Wijte, Roberto Magnanini glass supplier: Cricusa (Barcelona), Glasimpex (Schiedam) involved people Stickting St. Janskerk Bram van Hengel Paul van Wijngaarden (coordination/cost management) Rinus Spits (volunteer) Fons van der Knaap (volunteer) Huib Sneep (volunteer) location: Schiedam completion: Medio 2020 Outdated and dark. This is how the current meeting space of the St. Janskerk in Schiedam could best be described. The national monument was completed in 1425. Over the centuries, the church has been transformed into a three-aisled hall church. In 1949 the small gathering space was added to the church as a wedding chapel. In 1988 the room, located in the northern choir, was given a roof, which closed it off from its sacral surroundings. To connect the meeting space with the church, Mei designed a new glass roof for the small chapel. The roof from 1988 will be replaced by a glass vault structure. The renewed meeting space then becomes a light and spacious space, that visually connects to the church. The glass arch will be decorated with a modern painting, inspired on the history of the St. Janskerk. The new glass roof is placed on a slender steel structure upon the existing wooden walls from 1949. Only a few reversible adjustments are made to the monument, so the impact of the renovation is reduced to a minimum. The steel structure is finished with a bronze-colored perforated plate that is consistent with the color of the wooden structure. With some smart detailing, all necessary technology, like light, acoustics, and heating, are integrated in the space behind the perforated plate.


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The 4 Worlds, Spijkenisse

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Apartment building client: Dura Vermeer  Stevast Advies & Ontwikkeling programme: 35.000 m2 (excl. parking) 253 dwellings, 269 parkingspaces photography: Jeroen Musch (1, 2, 3, 5, 6), Raoul Suermondt (3) 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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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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The design for station Sloterdijk is a strong and grand gesture to the city and easily recognisable by its iconic structure. This new station is a hub in which the trains and metro’s are connected in three dimensions. The glass roof gives the passer-by a glance on the movements of the trains, people and a view at the different levels within the station. From the inside this glass roof gives the travellers a view on the city and provides the station with daylight. To see and be seen is the main theme of the new Sloterdijk station in which the traveller and his destination are playing the leading role.

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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, Remko Eppink, Menno van der Woude, Roy Wijte, Ruben Aalbersberg, Kasia Domachovska contractor: J.P. van Eesteren construction: Pieters Bouwtechniek cultural historic research: SteenhuisMeurs photography: Bert Rietberg (1), Ossip van Duivenbode (6), Jeroen Musch (8) 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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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 photography: Ossip van Duivenbode 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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The assignment consisted of restoration, renovation, construction and urban planning of the Desiré Colombe-quarter. It is located just west of the center of Nantes, an area under development, and needs to be connected with the center of the city in the future. The neighbourhood consists of a number of vacant historic buildings which are situated around a deserted park. The park must be reconnected with the city and a number of historical buildings needs to be renovated. The ‘Salon Mauduit’ will be relocated on the site. The historic buildings will need to accommodate a cluster of associations. Furthermore a day care centre and dwellings of in total 11.000 m2 need to be realized. The design proposal of Mei & Arcature & Empreinte paysage is to enlarge the park to the edges of the area. In this way, the district will become the ‘missing link’ between other green spaces in the city. The houses and the village hall will be situated in the park. The residential buildings are characterized by large outdoor spaces, causing the park to extend into the buildings.

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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 inside 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 photography: Ossip van Duivenbode realisation: 2020

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. White House Development 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 history of the orphanage will be tangible 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.

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Oosterschelde Museum Yerseke, Reimerswaal client: gemeente Reimerswaal program: museum, coffee shop, museum shop, ReimersWol selling point team Mei: Robert Winkel, Michiel van Loon

The municipality of Reimerswaal would like to renew the ‘Oosterschelde Museum Yerseke’ OMY and transform it into one of the most important places in Yerseke. In the museum, much attention will be paid to the unique oyster- and mussel culture. In addition, it is also possible to make the new museum an educational and interactive ‘experience’, for example based on knowledge and innovation in the field of aquaculture. With the disappearance of the public library in Yerseke, the OMY will also have a social function. Mei architects and planners has planned to transform the existing museum into a modern museum with clear routing and museum special quality with one architectural intervention. A glass bridge connects four existing buildings, without losing the identity of the individual buildings. The current ‘Oosterschelde Museum’ is housed in the former Town Hall, a 1914 National Monument by architect Rothuizen, and in the former police station. By involving the intermediate former house and part of the adjacent former library in the plan, it is possible to expand the museum and add a coffee shop, mmuseum shop and ReimersWol selling point to the program. In this way, the courtyard can also be involved in the museum. The glass connecting bridge depicts the intense relationship between Reimerswaal and the water in the elaboration and materialization. With this architectural intervention, the OMY and the Reimerswaal Municipality will also be on the map again for the cultural traveler. 327


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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 photography: Ossip van Duivenbode (1), Jeroen Musch (2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11) 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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Re-use Gum Factory (1973) client: Lingotto Vastgoed program: 5.700 m2 team Mei: Robert Winkel, Robert Platje, eelco Dekker, Ernst de Jager, Gaby van der Boom, Gijs van Duin photography: Jeroen Musch building costs: € 5.000.000,completion: 2009 location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The former Gum Factory in Amsterdam, used by Maple Leaf for brands like Sportlife and Bubblegum, is transformed into a mix of work units for creative and extravert companies like Q-music radio and EMI. The building was originally built in the early 70’s and used for production and storage. Because of its function, the building had a heavy concrete and steel construction and a very closed façade. The façade is now provided with one or more huge bay windows at every floor to provide daylight and a view outside. The 6 meter storey height makes the interior of the work units very impressive. Due to the heavy construction it was possible to build an additional volume on top of the building. The roof pavilion contrasts in form and materials and functions as an eye-catcher and a catalyst for further development of the Gum Factory and neighbourhood.

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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 photography: Ossip van Duivenbode (1, 12, 14, 17, 18), Jeroen Musch (7, 10, 11, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31) 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. 3

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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Residential tower in the Baankwartier Rotterdam client: BAM Woningbouw bv program: residential tower, 144 apartments team Mei: Robert Winkel, Menno van der Woude, Robert Platje, Michiel van Loon, Jelena Radonjic, Virgile Ponsoye visualisation: A2 Studio realisation: 2016 location: Baankwartier, Rotterdam

Het Baankwartier is located at the firelimit of Rotterdam. The area is characterized by the post-war architecture and architecture of the Delftse School (1925 - 1955). In Rotterdam’s high-rise vision, a tower fits in this spot. This tower will connect the high-rise of the city center with the high-rise of de Kop van Zuid. Mei architects and planners has designed a vertical articulated tower that simultaneously connects the various architectural styles. The plinth is in line with the four-layer surrounding buildings, the leaner part of the middle is similar to the post-war architecture and the upper part is in line with the metropolis-high-rise architecture. An additional requirement was that the Schiedamsedijk was not allowed to be in shadow for more than 1 hour a day as a result of the new tower. To meet this requirement, many studies have been conducted and the middle section has been narrowed. The Cooltower is the first tower in which the 144 apartments have a generous outdoor space.


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On the Melkwegstraat across the harbor in the Binkhorst district in The Hague, a distinctive industrial heritage ensemble: De Nieuwe Hallen is situated. These industrial halls were built for the Hague entrepreneurs in the 1950s on behalf of the municipality, to stimulate the local economy and employment. The interest in this was great. The halls are still in their original state. The design of the ensemble, with office buildings at the borders (representative function) and industrial halls in the inner area, is unique. The ensemble is set up in such a way that a court structure has been created around the hall, special in scale and size. The construction with prefabricated concrete trusses and cassette ceilings is also very characteristic of the post-war construction method. For the Nieuwe Hallen, Mei architects and planners developed this plan for a dynamic and healthy living and working environment for entrepreneurs from The Hague and internationally oriented business. The plan is in line with the historical use and the existing quality of the industrial heritage ensemble and with the innovative character of De Binckhorst. The program will be complemented with catering industry and small-scale retail to enhance the liveliness of the area. We also add, in phases, a suitable residential product: lofts, ‘3 generations housing’ and work-living homes (of which 30% social rent).

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The plan is subdivided into a development vision for the 2000 short and the long term. In the short term, space will leegstand be created for start-ups and companies that focus on opslag garages social and technological innovations witheninternational impact. The interior of the existing industrial hall will be set up as a common shared space for meet-ups with space for small-scale catering. The rough character of the hall is embraced and only limited investment in insulation and comfort is required. Each start-up will have its own, flexible and comfortable pavilion. The pavilions are circular, easily adaptable and movable and give each company its own identity. In the long term, new halls, appropriate in terms of scale and size, will be added to the ensemble. The 2000 plinth remains intended for work, with more space for companies in The Hague. The business is being scaled leegstand up from innovative, creative start-ups toen scale-ups opslag garages to corporate office space. Housing will also be built on top of the new halls. The new volumes are trampled in position, considering the sun and the view. A good reflection of the public space, within the existing court structure, is also essential. In addition to extra green in the public space, the roofs will also be covered with green.

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Sustainable office complex in new city center client: Being Development en COD program: 11.000m2 bvo (approx. 10.500m2 office / approx. 500m2 Horeca) Max: 7.200 m2 Moore: 2.800 m2 team Mei: Robert Winkel, Robert Platje, Michiel van Loon, Julius Kirchert, Max Brobbel, Frank Wapenaar, Andrea Nae, Remco Eppink, San Dino Arcilla, Roberto Magnanini, Geert Kruseman, Chris Idema, Nino Schoonen, Katarina Jovic, Jingling Du, Bas Coret, Anneloes Tilman, Sophie de Ridder contractor: Pleijsier Bouw, Nijkerk green design building: Moss.Amsterdam / Ginkel Groep landscape architecture: Delva landschaparchitectuur construction: Zonneveld ingenieurs fire safety: KVMC installations: KVMC (adviseur), Linthorst Techniek (installateur) building physics: KVMC (adviseur), Linthorst Techniek (installateur) completion: end 2021 (estimated) location: Asterweg 13 t/m 15, 1031HL Amsterdam (Buiksloterham)

Max & Moore are two high-profile office buildings for the pioneers of Buiksloterham. The creative, productive entrepreneurs who consciously choose an environment in which collaboration is central, and recognize themselves in words such as pronounced, robust, chic, and healthy. The core values of Mei are key to this: a healthy nature-inclusive environment, an aesthetic that fits the scale and history of the place, maximum flexibility and adaptive capacity for resilient and agile programming, creating a community and contributing to inspiring, local initiatives.

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Buiksloterham Buiksloterham, on the Northern IJ banks of Amsterdam, is metamorphosing into a new urban center. The business park is gradually developing into a living-working environment in which entrepreneurship is central. The area is raw, focused on the future as home to creatives, and many multinationals established their headquarters here. Max & Moore stands on the transition from existing activities to new, healthy, and creative working. This prepares the location on the Asterweg for a second phase, of which living in a pleasant environment is an integral part. Max & Moore is easily accessible via the A12 highway, the IJ tunnel is nearby, a pound will take you to Central Station, and Amsterdam’s city center just two kilometers away. Design concept Max & Moore consists of two building volumes that, in terms of architecture, match the typology and DNA of Buiksloterham: tough, sturdy, and robust. Max & Moore are related to each other but have their own character. They are like black and white, salt and pepper, big and small. Max stands strong on a double-height plinth and is executed in pronounced horizontal bands of black steel and PV panels. Moore is soft in composition and balances rough and refined concrete in white, light colors. They share features in the use of material and integrated PV cells that blend with the steel and concrete. Greenery is the strong connector between both buildings, with pronounced terraces, double-height winter gardens and green vertical curtains. Max will be a building volume of eight floors high with approximately 7,200 m2 of office space. Moore has five floors and approximately 2,800 m2 of office space. The buildings are connected to each other with shared facilities and a bridge. The catering and open workspaces in the plinth can be shared by the various entrepreneurs. In the plinth, facilities connect to public space and provide a lively program that will also benefit living. The facilities have pleasant, sunny outdoor spaces for terraces, as well as some nice spots at the water side.

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In- and outside With Max & Moore, Mei strives to create a healthy and nature-inclusive working environment, in which sustainability has a high priority. Nature has therefore been fully integrated in the design, and a strong green design has been developed together with Moss. Roof terraces, double-height patios, vertical green facades, and pergolas alternate between the various spaces. Nature is used as a connecting factor between the different floors and both buildings. The greenery contributes to biodiversity and present urban ecology, while at the same time it supports healthy working. The outdoor areas provide all floors with fresh air and the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. The roof terraces of Max and Moore are connected on the second floor by a green pergola bridge. On the ground floor, the boundaries between inside and outside blur by bringing together the green elements of the building and its surroundings. For example, the facades of Max have green curtain walls that connect the ground level to the roof terraces. Behind the green facades are split-levels, where beautifully filtered light flows in. These green facades also provide temperature control in the rooms behind. In the curtain wall plinth of Max, where catering facilities and an “urban livingroomâ€? are located, the boundaries between inside and outside vanish. Three transparent overhead doors of more than seven meters wide will be installed in the plinth. These can open vertically, so that inside and outside are connected. The interior with concrete floor connects to the rough concrete Stelcon slabs outside, which are reused from the existing situation. In the eastern roof terrace of Max, several insect hotels will also be installed, and in the north façade of Moore, twenty bird houses will be integrated in the vertical ornamental concrete.

Flexibility Due to the adapted column structure, the floors can be freely divided. The structure provides stability and is centrally organized so that the floors can be mutually linked or divided into smaller workspaces. With extra high ceilings and a lot of glass all around, there is maximum contact with the outside, you can see the water and there is as much daylight as possible. The flexible design ensures a high degree of user-friendliness and makes it possible to accommodate a wide range of offices. The building is also adaptable over the years.

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Mobility Because the building is adapting a sustainable green living environment, the adjacent outdoor space is a car-free zone. Parking is possible at the outer edges of the area and will be solved underground in phase 2. The outdoor space will be provided with intensive greenery, together with the qualities of the Tolhuiskanaal (canal), to create a pleasant living space. All bikes are taken out of sight in a generous, high space between Max and the existing PHBM building. There is room for no less than 264 bicycles and 37 electric scooters. Moore will also have a special garage for 18 e-bikes. The public space is activated by the central location of the shared bicycle entrance between Max and Moore. The bicycle garage is also in direct connection with the ground floor of Max and Moore. Special attention has been paid to the bicycle space by providing it with light and visibility with a consistent slat grid. This means that all technical installations are integrated and hidden from view at the same time. The grid roof provides beautiful light, good ventilation, and a spacious feeling. At the same time, this roof enhances the spectacular water view from Moore, between the 30-meter high Max building and the existing PHBM building. Integration of the latest techniques Fitting a new society that wants to live more consciously, sustainability is one of the most important pillars at Max & Moore. The entire plan has been designed to be energy neutral (EPC = 0) and will receive a BREEAM Excellent sustainability certificate. Innovative PV cells have been designed that are fully integrated into the facade and are part of the architecture. With a carefully chosen open-close ratio, the facade design contributes to limiting installations and the required cooling capacity. The complex will also receive a STES installation, so that the building can be cooled or heated using heat or cold extracted from the ground. These measures reduce the need of fossil fuels for energy generation. The local start Disassembly of the old buildings started early 2020. Materials are being reused as much as possible. The construction of Max & Moore will start in mid-2020. Until then, the venue was used by pop-up venue Oumuamua; a place where work, food and culture come together. Oumuamua was created partly through the partnership with Robert Winkel. It is a local initiative that Buiksloterham deserves. The development of Max & Moore is in the hands of Being Development and COD and delivery is scheduled for the third quarter of 2021.

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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 photography: Ossip van Duivenbode completion: construction started summer 2018 Mei will breathe new life into the former Stokvisbuilding at the Westzeedijk in Rotterdam (better known as WEST 507 or 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, WEST 507 will be a unique loft-apartment building.

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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 photography: Ronald Tilleman (1), Jan Paul Mioulet (2, 5, 15, 16, 17, 19), Jeroen Musch (3, 6, 7, 13), Kees van Pelt (4), Ossip van Duivenbode (14, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23) 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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Re-use of a former transformer house 1st prize architect selection prizes: Sustainable Building Prize, City of Rotterdam 2001, 1st prize National Steelprize 2000, nomination client: Ontwikkelingsbedrijf Rotterdam program: 7.000 m2 , 45 working units team Mei: Robert Winkel, Machteld Wijnands, Kees Gajentaan, Richel Lubbers, Tim Knip, Rob van Houten, Karolien de Pauw photographie: Luuk Kramer (1, 3, 5, 10, 14), Jeroen Musch (2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9) building costs: â‚Ź 2.750.000,completion: 2001 location: Lloydpier, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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

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

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

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Office building for RTVRijnmond, including 3 studios awards: National Steel prize 2008, nomination BNA Building of the year 2008, regio Delta, nomination Geveltotaal Architecture prize, 1st prize Dutch Design Prize 2006, nomination client: Ontwikkelingsbedrijf Rotterdam program: 12.000 m2 design team: Mei architects and planners, Studio Job (figurations façade panels) and Bureau Strijkers (interior RTV Rijnmond) team Mei: Robert Winkel, Jos Schäffer, Jack Bouwer, Paul-Peter Kuper, Alex Pastoors, Bart Spee, Judith Egberink photography: Jeroen Musch building costs: € 12.000.000,completion: 2005 - 2007 location: Lloydpier, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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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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Re-use transformer vault client: Ontwikkelings Bedrijf Rotterdam program: 2.500 m2 hotel-restaurant photography: Horizon Photoworks (1, 4, 6), Luuk Kramer (5), Jan Paul Mioulet (3) building costs: â‚Ź 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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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. photography: Jeroen Musch (1, 5, 7, 8, 11, 16, 17, 23), Peter Kooijman (18, 19, 20, 21, 22), Luuk Kramer (3, 4, 6, 10) building costs: € 20.000.000,completion: 2008 location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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

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

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Roof landscape The floors could be organised as desired because of the absence of bearing walls. The same flexibility can be found in the apartment plans. The roof had to be removed because of its poor condition. Inserted in its place is a new floor that crowns the building like a shed. Housed in this new roof landscape are ten penthouses for which special large glazed sliding panels were developed. Located on the ground floor are the commercial spaces that are imposing in appearance owing to the 6-metre floor-to-ceiling height. Space for restaurants and cafĂŠs is created in two places on the ground floor. The other spaces are reserved for creative companies. Located behind the big loading bay doors on the ground floor are glass doors that open out towards the quay. Owing to safety and light-control factors, steel frames are filled with mesh woven from stainless steel and can move up and down like lift gates. Old and new meet here.

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