CLIENT Mauritsweg BV, with De Wilgen Vastgoed as main client
together with Sterner Groep BV and Gerritsen
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
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.