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LOCATION Rotterdam
CLIENT Mauritsweg BV, with De Wilgen Vastgoed as main client together with Sterner Groep BV and Gerritsen  Projectrealisatie BV
YEAR 2013

The Mauritsweg project, completed in 2013 and rebranded 'Calypso', is the first phase of the urban strategy scheme designed by Will Alsop for Rotterdam Centraal between 2000 and 2001.

The development established the beginnings of a quality public realm on the Westersingel: a well-trodden path to the station know as the city's "cultural route". The development reinforced existing pedestrian routes that contribute to this quarter of the city 'mesh'. Pedestrian permeability was a priority, with the main route across the site connecting Mauritsweg with the Schounbergtplein and the Pathe cinema.

Formerly occupied by a hotel; retail space and Pauls Kerk (St. Paul's church), these elements have been renewed, together with new residential accommodation above are planned, preserving a mix of public and private realms and accommodating a broad social spectrum. The site remains a key gathering point of primary city routes.

Consultation and workshop exercises with the community of Pauls Kerk (which incorporates a drug rehabilitation scheme) in particular, were central to the development of new designs. Representatives of the Kerk continue to be involved in detail development.

The quality of the public areas have been considered with a two-tiered circulation space below the 200 bed hotel building; the lower below the transparent pavement of the upper, and connecting directly with car park of 350 spaces. The replacement three-screen 'arthouse' cinema forms part of the subsurface development.