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Hotelstad is ingebed binnen de grote schaal van het stedenbouwkundig plan van de Rotterdamse Dienst Stedenbouw en Volkshuisvesting. Het bestaat uit stroken met basementen en accenten, weidse kades en intieme straten. De intieme straten worden in het atrium en in de kas doorgetrokken. Dit stedelijk interieur is toegankelijk voor bezoekers en bewoners. Auto’s en fietsers hebben toegang tot het gebouw aan de kadezijde.
Hotelstad is ingebed binnen de grote schaal van het stedenbouwkundig plan van de Rotterdamse Dienst Stedenbouw en Volkshuisvesting. Het bestaat uit stroken met basementen en accenten, weidse kades en intieme straten. De intieme straten worden in het atrium en in de kas doorgetrokken. Dit stedelijk interieur is toegankelijk voor bezoekers en bewoners. Auto’s en fietsers hebben toegang tot het gebouw aan de kadezijde.

Entrance, where passers-by are enticed in by the airy openness of Hotelstad to make use of the amenities there. The raised ground plane is reached up broad stairs. Commercial premises abut the intimate streets and wide quays; these can be hitched together at three levels so that they can abut the raised ground plane as well. They can also be linked horizontally to open up space to accommodate a small supermarket.
Entrance, where passers-by are enticed in by the airy openness of Hotelstad to make use of the amenities there. The raised ground plane is reached up broad stairs. Commercial premises abut the intimate streets and wide quays; these can be hitched together at three levels so that they can abut the raised ground plane as well. They can also be linked horizontally to open up space to accommodate a small supermarket.

Many target groups are after temporary accommodation, which is why living space in the hotel can be rented by the night, week, month or year. The facade openings of the communal spaces have different coloured fronts as a means of identity from the street and from the atrium. The communal space can be fitted out by the owner on request for a modest fee or by the occupants themselves as they see fit.
Many target groups are after temporary accommodation, which is why living space in the hotel can be rented by the night, week, month or year. The facade openings of the communal spaces have different coloured fronts as a means of identity from the street and from the atrium. The communal space can be fitted out by the owner on request for a modest fee or by the occupants themselves as they see fit.

Atrium with theatre, balcony and galleries. The urban interior with amenities in the atrium is a supplement to the public domain. Here visitors and residents can shop, dine, visit the theatre or take a stroll on the roof. Dwellings and amenities are kept separate in the safety interests of the residential clusters. Soft and hard boundaries make a clear distinction between street, atrium and dwellings.
Atrium with theatre, balcony and galleries. The urban interior with amenities in the atrium is a supplement to the public domain. Here visitors and residents can shop, dine, visit the theatre or take a stroll on the roof. Dwellings and amenities are kept separate in the safety interests of the residential clusters. Soft and hard boundaries make a clear distinction between street, atrium and dwellings.

Roof with greenhouse and view of Maashaven and Wilhelminapier. Rooftop kitchen gardens and fishponds provide the restaurants on the roof and in the lobby with food. Hotelstad seeks to achieve absolute self-sufficiency. Energy and waste are in balance. The greenhouse on the roof acts as a solar collector. This heat is stored in the ground and used to heat the dwellings in winter and cool them in summer. The gas freed from fermenting VFG waste, urine and faeces is used to generate electricity and provide hot water. The freed CO² advances plant growth in the atrium and in the greenhouse. Grey water from the dwellings and products of the fermentation process are used for watering the plants and as a fertilizer. Evaporation and condensation provide pure water.
Roof with greenhouse and view of Maashaven and Wilhelminapier. Rooftop kitchen gardens and fishponds provide the restaurants on the roof and in the lobby with food. Hotelstad seeks to achieve absolute self-sufficiency. Energy and waste are in balance. The greenhouse on the roof acts as a solar collector. This heat is stored in the ground and used to heat the dwellings in winter and cool them in summer. The gas freed from fermenting VFG waste, urine and faeces is used to generate electricity and provide hot water. The freed CO² advances plant growth in the atrium and in the greenhouse. Grey water from the dwellings and products of the fermentation process are used for watering the plants and as a fertilizer. Evaporation and condensation provide pure water.




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HOTELSTAD
Academie voor Architectuur en Stedenbouw - Tilburg
ARCHITECTURE

Design for a self-sufficient complex on Katendrecht, Rotterdam, with lettable short-term accommodation and facilities targeted at immigrants from Eastern Europe, first-timers, the elderly, expats and students.
Besides accommodation, Hotelstad has amenities including shops, restaurants and public space. A vertical, self-sufficient city, Hotelstad is projected in the desirable and eminently reachable Polsgebied, an area on the island of Katendrecht in the centre of Rotterdam. Hotelstad fits well into the great scale of the plans drawn up by the City of Rotterdam. A new bridge between Wilhelminapier on the north riverbank and Katendrecht in the south will draw more visitors to Polsgebied. Since the port operations moved out to Maasvlakte, the return of the SS Rotterdam and the arrival of the European Chinese Centre and Hotelstad will reinstate Katendrecht as a bustling international environment.
This final-year project was chosen because of the designer's personal interest in the live/work situation of Eastern European migrants workers in the Netherlands, and in Westland horticultural region and Rotterdam-Zuid in particular. The design also responds to the big demand for temporary accommodation for other groups in Rotterdam.
In Hotelstad, the different targets groups form age-related homogeneous clusters in a heterogeneous community. Many residents live alone and seek contact with others in their daily living environment. Besides having the privacy of their own home there is a communal space where they can cook, eat, play table tennis or throw a party. Passers-by are enticed in by the airy openness of Hotelstad, curious as to what it has to offer them. They can only gain access to the residential clusters if allowed in by the residents. Residents and passers-by can meet in the public zones, the urban interior, the atrium and the rooftop greenhouse, where the amenities are.
There are differing levels of comfort you can choose from in Hotelstad, whether it concerns daily groceries or the finish of your house. The choice ranges from having a basic shell to live in and producing your own food, to a fully furnished home with room service. Many target groups are after temporary accommodation, which is why living space in the hotel can be rented by the night, week, month or year. The building's nerve centre is the reception area for the hire of accommodation and commercial space, for service and hotel amenities, for all theatre-related matters and for organizing events in the atrium and on the roof. Here too are the security manager and the maintenance and cleaning services.
Flexibility in construction and building services means that the residential clusters can be reconfigured, a necessary precaution so as to be able to accommodate changes in society. It is even possible to transform living space into offices, for example. The high density and short construction time due to prefabrication help to keep rental prices down. The amenities can be exploited by the owner with external market players. It is important that the living quarters and amenities are not sold but rented so as to keep the process under control.
The design is neutral so that users can personalize their environment, but at the same time specific so that they can recognize it and identify with it. This is as valid for the building as it is for the cluster and for the individual living quarters.
Hotelstad seeks to achieve absolute self-sufficiency. Energy and waste are in balance. The greenhouse on the roof acts as a solar collector. This heat is stored in the ground and used to heat the dwellings in winter and cool them in summer. The gas freed from fermenting VFG waste, urine and faeces is used to generate electricity and provide hot water. The freed CO² advances plant growth in the atrium and in the greenhouse. Grey water from the dwellings and products of the fermentation process are used for watering the plants and as a fertilizer. Evaporation and condensation provide pure water.