ODA New York has been tapped to redesign the historic post office in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Sitting vacant for more than a decade, Rotterdam’s former Central Post Office, the iconic Postkantoor, will now bring new life back to the city’s centre.
POST Rotterdam, a 58,000 sq m adaptive reuse project, is a wonderful example of the revitalisation that is happening in Rotterdam. While most of ODA’s work over the past decade is located in the United States, the 50 structures they have built in New York City are now informing their ability to build smarter cities abroad, and winning them multiple international projects from London to Paris to Mexico City.
The project is fascinating, as the Post Office was one of only three buildings not bombed in the city centre by the Nazi’s in WWII. The beautiful historical edifice will be transformed into a mixed-use residential/hotel/retail property with a new 150-meter tower rising towards the rear, straddling the existing open courtyard.
Design proposals were solicited from renowned architects, such as BIG and Daniel Libeskind but ultimately, Omnam and the Municipality of Rotterdam chose ODA New York. POST Rotterdam will be in good company, flanked by two existing projects by OMA and MVRDV.