In the heart of Rotterdam's shopping district, Coolsingel, OMA designed this multi-use building to open by 2013. It includes office, retail, residential, culture, and free-use space. This project reproduces the typical cube in the urban center, but rather than competing for a taller skyline, it engages the public by opening voids that provide sunlight and views. The daylighting also gives natural environmental control. A central courtyard allows prominent historical sites to have a role. The base retail connects with the streets and transportation systems, and elevators bring the visitor up to the restaurants, exhibition and media spaces above.
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