A place of cultural exchange for the global community
Rotterdam has a long history of trade, colonisation and post-colonial exchange with the world. From the seventeenth century Dutch ships sailed as far as the East Indies, present day Indonesia, and the Dutch were the pre-eminent trading power before the onset of British naval supremacy. furthermore after World War II Dutch government recruited workers from Turkey, Suriname, Morocco and the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba to work in he new industrial sector. Because of these historical connections the Netherlands has a diverse population strengthened by centuries of trade and migration. The Dutch word for harbour, HAVEN, suggests a place of safety after a long and challenging voyage, a place of protection, and solid ground on which to disembark after a precarious journey.
The building is sited on perhaps the most prominent open site on the Maas and once the embarkation point for immigrants leaving Europe for America. Nearby are the World Port Centre ,Montevideo Building and Hotel new York. The site also has local connections with the Rijnhaven area south of the Maas, and with the water taxi station connecting this part of the harbour to the city beyond.
Allowing the geometry of the landscape to continue at ground floor, it assist unifying landscape and architecture.
The main elements of the building are as follows:
Lit Grove: An area to welcome visitors and a social core for new comers which can communicate and socialise in the lit grove also have their food and drink from Market and seat in the enclosed area. Also include the Desk Volunteers to welcome visitors, inform them about the complex’s facilities and events, sell items from the shop and answer enquiries. Desk Volunteers may also help at special events or with workshop sessions. All over the Lit Grover covered by horizontal sliding wall systems to allow the geometry of the landscape to continue at ground floor.
Story Silo: The Story Silo will have an archive, storage and workshop in the basement, a management office, information desk at ground level, an Event Hall and Terrace bar for family gatherings; feasting; fireworks, social gatherings, during which participants may dance, eat, and watch or light fireworks for different events may celebrated around the world on the first floor.
on the second floor having Reading story, tots and play and Tv Room for children. On the third and fifth floor, Reading spaces, discussion room, book club also a cafe. The fourth floor is Entrepreneurial storytelling, When we say “story,” we’re talking about much more than a progression of events that leads to an outcome. Your entrepreneurial story isn’t a timeline, it’s a culmination of key moments, lessons learned, pivots, motivation, frustrations, and successes. Everybody has an entrepreneurial story. And every successful entrepreneur must be a storyteller. At Sixth floor having River shop to sell arts and crafts describes a wide variety of activities involving making things with one’s own hands from the workshop. On the Seventh floor having terrace to have view to Erasmus Bridge, Euromast Tower. On the eighth floor having Cinema cafe to watch different sort of movies. On the top floor it is a seating area and a cafe to seat an watch the world. The proposed building has a faceted facade that consists of solid brickwork, and glazed timber windows.