ODA unveils plans for renovation of Rotterdam's historic post office  - architecture and design

ODA unveils plans for renovation of Rotterdam's historic post office 



ODA has revealed visuals of Post, an adaptive reuse scheme that will revive Rotterdam's former post office, and include the construction of a 150-metre-high tower.
Located centrally in the Coolsingel district, the post office is one of the only structures to survive the Rotterdam Blitz in 1940, making it one of the port city's most significant historical landmarks.
New York-based ODA will transform the 58,000-square-metre building, which has been vacant for over a decade,  into a mixed-use complex, working in collaboration with Dutch practice Braaksma & Roos Architectenbureau.

"We believe that it's time for the Post to stand not only as a memory, but also as an expression of the strength of Rotterdam today as a vibrant, connected, centre of culture, renewal, and quality of life," said Eran Chen, executive director at ODA. ODA aims to maintain and enhance the post office's original construction that dates back to 1916, and includes the 22.5-metre-high vaulted Great Hall.
The space will become the "public heart" of the residential, retail, and hospitality development. It will be accessed by two existing street-level entrances and be lined with shops, galleries, restaurants and cafes, which spill out into the courtyard.

A 43 storey tower will be built within an internal courtyard within the former post office building. It will be elevated above the existing courtyard on a vaulted plinth, which will ensure the space is still useable.

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