OMA’s Timmerhuis: municipal offices and Museum Rotterdam

The 48,400 m2 complex in the center of Rotterdam has been built in steel, erected alongside and nestled within an existing municipal building from 1953 – its ambiguous mass tries to mediate between the existing buildings surrounding it.

 

Timmerhuis, Rotterdam (2015). Photo: Ossip van Duivenbode. Copyright OMA.

Timmerhuis, Rotterdam (2015). Photo: Ossip van Duivenbode. Copyright OMA.

 

Timmerhuis – a new mixed-use building that will house Rotterdam’s municipal offices and the Museum Rotterdam, conceived by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) – is complete and open to the public since December 7, 2015. Situated in the city’s Laurenskwartier neighborhood, fifty percent of Timmerhuis is occupied by office space; the rest contains residential, retail, parking and the museum.  Its innovative structural system allows for adaptability, while providing the city with a large public space on the ground floor.

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