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CasaNova Rotterdam Tower Building

13 December 2021

Architecture: Barcode Architects – Bureau for Architecture and Contemporary Design

Location: Maritime District, Rotterdam, NL

Barcode Architects’ CasaNova, Rotterdam’s first triangular tower, tops out

CasaNova Rotterdam tower building design by Barcode Architects

Photos © Frank Hanswijk unless stated otherwise

CasaNova Rotterdam Tower Building News

In the Maritime District in Rotterdam, the construction of the first triangular tower in the skyline has reached a new milestone. With the completion of floor 35, Barcode Architects’ CasaNova is at its highest point.

CasaNova is a 110-metre tower with an iconic silhouette. The building forms an ensemble with The Muse, the sculptural residential tower by Barcode Architects on the adjacent plot, which was completed last year. Both towers are designed in synergy, both architecturally and in terms of the collective program.

CasaNova Rotterdam tower building design by Barcode Architects

Barcode Architects’ partner Caro van de Venne:

“Within the city boundaries, densification through high-rise is a favorable option, but anonymous volumes where residents don’t know each other should be avoided. With CasaNova, we want to create a three-dimensional part of the city, where people live healthily, neighbours know each other and there is a pleasant atmosphere at ground level. The design principles used in these projects, set an example for the new Rotterdam High Rise vision.”

The all-sided building brings new energy to the Maritime District of Rotterdam, which is rapidly transforming from an anonymous office district to a vibrant urban area. CasaNova activates the corner on the Wijnhaven and forms an important link on the new walking route between the Oude Haven and the Museumpark, via the Markthal, Leuvehaven and the Witte de Withstraat.

CasaNova Rotterdam tower building design by Barcode Architects

The slender building shape ensures optimal sightlines and daylight for the surrounding buildings and gives the dwellings in the tower a 300-degree view of the city. Between the fifth and eighth floors, the volume points downwards, balancing the tower elegantly on the base. On the fifth floor, on top of the lowrise, a 1.600m2 roof garden will be realised.

The residents of CasaNova and The Muse can meet each other here informally, and the roof garden is directly connected with the liveliness on the quay. Besides the collective roof garden, various shared functions are included in the program, such as a gym, a communal kitchen, co-working spaces, meeting rooms and hotel rooms that residents can reserve for their guests. In the plinth, hospitality functions and the central entrance add liveliness to the public space on ground level.

CasaNova Rotterdam tower building design by Barcode Architects

The tower contains a rich residential program with 116 dwellings, from more compact apartments in the low-rise block to spacious tower apartments and exclusive penthouses with large outdoor spaces. Floorto-ceiling windows ensure optimal daylight entry and spectacular views in all the tower apartments.

The vertical orientation in the façade accentuates the slender design. Red-brown travertine panels give the tower a warm and powerful appearance all around. Towards the top of the tower, the panels have gradually broader smooth-edged surfaces. These elements reflect the sunlight, creating a shifting appearance throughout the day and making the top of the tower seem to disappear into the sky. CasaNova is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

CasaNova Rotterdam tower building by Barcode Architects
photo © WAX Architectural Visualizations

The Muse in Rotterdam – Building Information

Bureau for Architecture and Contemporary Design
Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Program: 116 apartments, commercial space, collective roof garden, shared parking facility, co-working spaces, hotel rooms for guests residents, gym
Client: VOF Wijnhaven 65 & Wilma Wonen
Year: 2017-ongoing

Status: Under construction
Size: 22.000m2
Collaborators: Pieters Bouwtechniek (structure), ABT (installations, building physics, fire safety, acoustics), SBB Ontwikkelen en Bouwen (construction), VVG (cost management), Frank Hanswijk (photography)

CasaNova Rotterdam Tower Building images / information 131221 from Bureau for Architecture and Contemporary Design

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