Durability + Design
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Visit the TPC Store
Search the site

 

Advertisement

Keim Mineral Coatings


D+D News

Main News Page


KPN Tower To Be Expanded

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

More items for Maintenance + Renovation

Comment | More

A Dutch telecom company is moving its headquarters to Rotterdam's leaning South Tower, and renovations to the iconic structure are in the works.

KPN announced a year ago that it would be relocating from its headquarters in The Hague to the leaning tower designed by Renzo Piano. The building sits at the foot of Rotterdam’s Erasmus Bridge, and is part of the larger complex known as the Wilhelminapier.

V8 Architects

The renovations include a complete glass facade, which wraps smoothly around the existing pylon.

Originally completed in 2000, the tower leans forward approximately 6 degrees (slightly more than the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy, which leans at 5 degrees). The front of the building is supported by a 164-foot steel beam.

The 23-story building also houses a light installation of around 900 lights, that together form a screen for a billboard that showcases animations or messages.

Neither of these key features seem to be on the chopping block, though the tower is to undergo extensive renovations and expansion in light of KPN’s move. With the project being headed by local architecture firm V8 Architects, the end goal is to create a new, distinctive entry for the building. Piano himself was consulted for the project, and the final proposal was given his approval.

"As a Rotterdam office, we are proud to have been asked to bring this characteristic building—and the first tower on the Wilhelminapier—to new life," said Michiel Raaphorst of V8 Architects in a statement. "And we are honored our intervention is welcomed by Renzo Piano."

V8 Architects

According to the website, the complex was nominated by the Harvard Graduate School of Design for the Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design for progressive urban development.

With KPN’s 20-year lease agreement on the building, the goal is to make changes sustainable by using existing work spaces as much as possible, while maintaining the identity and integrity of the tower.

The renovations include a complete glass facade, which wraps smoothly around the existing pylon. This adds transparency to the base of the tower, and creates three new points of access from the waterfront, the square and the street. There will also be an auditorium with 350-person capacity, two restaurants, 1,600 workstations and an experience center to increase collaboration and community engagement.

Renovations are slated for completion by the end of this year. 

   

Tagged categories: Color + Design; Commercial Construction; Renovation

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Advertisements
 
Garland Company
 
Architectural Wall Coating Damproofs and Beautifies
 
Tuff-Coat™ multi-functional coating bridges hairline cracks, hides stains and discoloration, and reduces wall temperature, increasing the wall's life cycle.
 

 
Keim Mineral Coatings
 
Mineral Silicate Paints + Stains Fuse to Concrete
 
• Forms permanent chemical bonds
• Becomes part of the concrete
• Will never peel
• Looks completely natural
 

 
EMME Controls
 
EMME (Energy Management Made Easy)
 
• Achieve a zone in every room for 1/2 the cost
• Save up to 40% in energy consumption
• Works in any size building
• Can be installed in as little as a few days without remodeling
• Comfort results guaranteed in writing
 

 
Shield Industries, Inc
 
FireGuard® E-84 Intumescent Coating - Shield Industries, Inc
 
Trust the certified protection of the industry’s most innovative intumescent coating FireGuard® E-84 to provide you with the 1 and 2 hour fire ratings you need.
 

 
Atlas Material Testing Technology
 
Helping You Put Your Products To The Test
 
  • Outdoor Accelerated Weathering
  • Laboratory Testing Services
  • Accelerated Weathering Instruments

  • www.atlas-mts.com
    atlas.info@ametek.com
 

 
Novatek Corporation
 
Novatek Portable Air Filtration Systems
 
Air Scrubbers/Negative Air machines for restoration, abatement, dust & odor control, hazardous contaminant removal from job sites to clean rooms and hospitals. Portable, affordable!
 

 
 
 

Technology Publishing Co., 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 2008, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL webmaster@durabilityanddesign.com


The Technology Publishing Network

Durability + Design PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

 

© Copyright 2012-2018, Technology Publishing Co., All rights reserved