Workshop Building Holland-Amerika Lijn/Las Palmas

Van der Broek and Bakema; Benthem Crouwel
1950-53; 2001-2007




This structure was once a warehouse and workshop with dramatic glazed exterior staircases; built in the 50s, it resembles one of the first modern buildings, the Fagus Factory, a shoe last factory in Germany by Walter Gropius, (See Wikipedia Commons photo) built several decades earlier.
 

New Use

Since 2001 the building has a new use as a kind of visual cultural center with a variety of visual arts organizations occupying the space--as well as an excellent seafood restaurant (Las Palmas), which my husband and I ate at! A few years later the Benthem Crouwel firm added a two-story penthouse three metres above the Las Palmas building, held on thin steel columns so that it seems to be floating. It houses the headquarters of OVG, a real estate developer. The dramatic rounded ends contrast with other buildings in the area and give the penthouse a unique skyline identity.




Works Cited or Consulted:
Groenendijk, Paul and Piet Vollaard. Architecture Guide to the Netherlands 1900-2000. Rotterdam: Uitgeverij, 2006.
Groenendijk, Paul and Piet Vollaard. Architecture Guide to Rotterdam. Rotterdam: Uitgeverij, 2007.
Groenendijk, Paul and Piet Vollaard. Guide to Contemporary Architecture in the Netherlands. Rotterdam: Uitgeverij, 2004.



Buildings on this site in Kop van Zuid

De Rotterdam (OMA, Koolhaas)
Erasmus Bridge (Van Berkel & Bos)
Headquarters Holland-Amerika Lijn (J. Muller et al)
Luxor Theater (Bolles+Wilson)
Maastoren (Dam and Partners)
Montevideo (Mecanoo Architects)
New Orleans (Siza)
Office Building KPN/ Beelvédère (Piano)
Office Building Wilhelminahof (Dam et al)
Terminal Building Holland-Amerika Lijn (Brinkman, Van der Broek and Bakema)
Workshop Building Holland-Amerika Lijn/Las Palmas (Van der Broek and Bakema; Benthem Crouwel)
World Port Center (Foster)


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