Feb 19, 2014 / Architecture
B’ Tower by Wiel Arets Architects

B' Tower is a minimalist house located in The Netherlands, designed by Wiel Arets Architects. The B’ Tower, located in the center of Rotterdam, is composed of three distinct volumes of retail and residential program, and is a contiguous extension of Marcel Breuer’s 1955 ‘Bijkenkorf’ department store. Standing at a height of 70 m (230 ft), its plinth encompasses retail while its subsequent volumes are composed of 54 studios and 24 apartments, respectively. (18)

Name: B’ Tower

Designer: Wiel Arets Architects

Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Year: 2013

B’ Tower is a minimalist house located in The Netherlands, designed by Wiel Arets Architects. The B’ Tower, located in the center of Rotterdam, is composed of three distinct volumes of retail and residential program, and is a contiguous extension of Marcel Breuer’s 1955 ‘Bijenkorf’ department store. Standing at a height of 70 m (230 ft), its plinth encompasses retail while its subsequent volumes are composed of 54 studios and 24 apartments, respectively.

Adjacently sited to a pedestrian promenade, the tower’s retail and lobby are accessed by foot, while its residential program provides additional entry options for automobiles and bicyclists. Specially designated elevators enable this automobile entry, which rise four stories to an elevated park that offers direct access to the building’s core. This two-story and 64 space car park allows for views onto the city’s surroundings beyond a ribbon of transparent glazing, disclosing the first of many cinematographic experiential sequences within this hybrid tower.

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