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Cooltoren, designed by V8 Architecture, in the Baan Quarter

New Tallest Residential Tower for City Center

In approximately two years, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, is expected to have a new tallest residential tower in the form of the V8 Architects-designed, 150-m-tall Cooltoren, ArchDaily reported. Designed to complement “the post-war urban fabric of the district and embody Rotterdam’s historical double-layered characteristics — the low rise and the skyline,” Cooltoren will have a trio of crowns, each featuring balconies, which, at the middle and top, wrap around the façade. There will be a total of 50 floors with approximately 280 apartments in the Baan Quarter. Construction had been expected to start sometime this year and be complete around 2019.

The Sax to Join “Manhattan on the Maas”

Dutch architecture firm MVRDV has won a design competition for The Sax, a structure consisting of 51-story, 150- and 70-m-tall towers linked by a skybridge in Rotterdam, World Architecture News reported. Containing approximately 450 apartments, a hotel, a wellness center and commercial facilities within 82,000 m2, the structure will further add to Rotterdam’s “Manhattan on the Maas” skyline overlooking the Rhine River distributary. Developers BPD Bouwfonds Property Development, Ontwikkeling B.V. and SYNCHROON Ontwikkelaars, in conjunction with the municipality of Rotterdam, are behind the project.

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