PTT building Binnenrotte

Location
Rotterdam

Client
Private developer

Design
2017

Surface
3.585 sqm

Transformation to 20 apartments and restaurant

In 2019 the former central telephone exchange building at the Binnenrotte market square dating from 1951, is transformed from an office and switchboard building into an apartment building with a restaurant on the ground floor. The building is adjacent to the site where Rotterdam has its origins, which today is more part of an un urban programme. Apartments profit from a generous view on the urban scenery.

JSA made a design for twenty spacious apartments which are integrated into the generously sized building structure. With free heights of about almost 4,5 meter all apartments have a unique spatial quality. To create outdoor spaces the market façade has significantly altered. The two lower storeys are served by French balconies, while on the third storey a continuous balcony refers to the larger scale of the surroundings. Apartments at the high uppermost storey have indoor loggias. Balconies are clad with metal color coated cladding and refined balustrades.

On the ground floor all of the façade openings are enlarged until streetlevel where steel frames create a relationship between the restaurant and a terrace outside at the market. Entrances distinguish themselves from the brick façade with large color coated metal cladding.