123DV took on the interior design of a 250 m2 loft at De Rotterdam, the biggest building of The Netherlands, (designed by OMA/Rem Koolhaas), at the height of 143 meters, on the 43rd floor. Rotterdam seen from the air shows the omnipresence of water flowing through the city centre. The 25 meter total glass façade stretching from floor to ceiling, offers a view of the Maas river, flowing through the city towards the Rotterdam harbour. Looking down, the Erasmus Bridge (designed by UN Studio), the Markthal (designed by MVRDV), the city centre, Delft, and on a clear day, even The Hague can be seen.
The living room has a 35 meter wide panoramic view on the Rotterdam cityscape. As the water is an important part of the city, 123DV took ‘flow’ as a design language for the interior. They used it for the wavy floor and ceiling patterns and a 20 meter long curvy walnut wooden wall. With these gestures, they were able to create a big open 150 m2 living area with grandeur and create places within this open space that feel intimate as well. The curvy walnut wall hides all the living necessities such as the television and storage room, as well as hidden entrances to bedrooms. To avoid the huge glass walls creating an ‘unprotected’ experience of the open space, the long wavy screen of wood is used as a background. It covers the cupboards of the living room and kitchen. It guides to the bedroom area, as the wall and doors are part of the bedroom. An 8 meter long ‘flowing’ cooking island transforms from a cooking area into a bar area and gives one of the best panoramic views. This furniture is designed for small family rituals as well as big party events.
In order to create a spacious home, two properties are combined into this one luxury penthouse. One apartment is designed as one big living area including the kitchen. The second apartment includes 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a jacuzzi and a sauna – a 6 meter long bathroom for the master bedroom with a view towards the Rotterdam harbour – a jacuzzi besides the bed in the master bedroom – a glass sliding door behind for a semi-outside experience.
Info and images courtesy of 123DV
Photography by Hannah Anthonysz