The Rotterdam Facade Exterior

De Rotterdam

DESCRIPTION OF THIS PROJECT

The multifunctional complex “De Rotterdam” has been developed on the Wilheminapier in Rotterdam. The building consists of three towers of approximately 140 meters high and a plinth. The plinth includes a parking garage for more than 650 cars and commercial functions, such as shops and restaurants. The towers contain homes, offices and a hotel of all kinds of different tenants and owners.

Valstar Simonis designed all installations for the homes, parking garage and commercial functions. In addition, the central facilities for the entire building (heating, cooling and electrical facilities, sprinkler installation) were part of our work.

Rotterdam
The Rotterdam CV
Office for Metropolitan Architecture
160.000 m2

Multifunctional building

The design of the central heat generation for all functions within the complex provides for sustainable generation by means of connection to the existing Eneco district heating network. By providing 1 central energy supply for the various independent functions, the required floor space for technology in the building is considerably reduced.

Valstar Simonis designed all installations for the homes, parking garage and commercial functions. In addition, the central facilities for the entire building (heating, cooling and electrical facilities, sprinkler installation) were part of our work.

Our assignment

The power plant is linked to the adjacent Maas. The link makes it possible to use the 'energy' in the river. In winter, the coupling is used to extract cold from the river. In summer, the coupling is used to transfer excess condenser heat at a very high COP (coefficient of performance). This makes cooling towers superfluous on the building.
High-temperature heat is generated by means of combined heat and power (CHP). Instead of conventional fuel oil, gas or diesel, bio-oil or biodiesel is burned here. Due to the use of the bio-fuel, the installation is CO2-neutral. The generated heat is sold to the homes and the hotel for hot water preparation. The electricity produced is used for the operation of the central installations.

The air handling units with high efficiency (85%) heat recovery are installed on one of the above-ground parking floors for the homes in the low rise and on the highest roof for the homes in the high rise. The houses have two (supply and exhaust) variable volume controls with 30 – 100% control in the kitchen. This control can optionally be replaced by a moisture sensor in the bathroom and/or a CO2 sensor in the living and/or bedrooms. For heating and cooling, the houses are equipped with underfloor heating/cooling (with individual control per living space).

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