16 December 2020

Lumière provides a boost for Rotterdam

Written by: Michiel Lamens

Plan Lumière: a multi-functional complex of up to 200 meters high will soon raise on the street of Lijnbaan, with approximately 400 rental apartments, a hotel, flexible offices, social facilities, business spaces, high-quality retail and food & beverages.

The Rotterdam family business Manhave together with VORM, in collaboration with the municipality of Rotterdam and KAAN Architecten, are taking up the redevelopment of the district where the renowned Lumière Theater was located between 1955 and 2003. Lumière will play a crucial role in the central area as the new connectivity for living, working and staying in the dynamic environment of the Central District, Coolsingel, Lijnbaan, Kruiskade and Schouwburgplein, among others.

Mixed program

The former cinema owned by Manhave Vastgoed, currently houses shops, restaurants and a gym. In the new plan, there will be a large mix of functions to the space. Such as a new prominent entrance with a multi-storey atrium as part of the Lijnbaan street, here everything comes together. From the atrium, you can hop into the elevator to access the hotel and the apartments. The hotel occupies the first fifteen floors of the high-rise tower. Above the hotel, there will then be a public area level with facilities that serve the city, hotel and homes. The plan envisions a cinema with a view of the city centre, an event-conference area, a swimming pool with fitness rooms or a bar with a large terrace. The rental properties are planned to be allocated at the top part of the tower for the residence of Lumière to enjoy a phenomenal view of the city skyline, in addition to all the other features that the luxurious tower has to offer. The office spaces are therefore located lower in the tower and are part of the Weena central business district. Besides, there are further opportunities in the central area for social facilities, such as a private residence-only bicycle storage area or a children’s daycare. On the Lijnbaan and Kruiskade, the new plan provides space for high-end retail, a grand café or restaurant. A public program is also planned on the Karel Doormanstraat, its more flexible and can be retail, catering and a social function.

International allure

Manhave and VORM aims to create a place with international metropolitanism and allure. At Lumière you will soon enjoy the real city for your money. A sustainable place with future-proof energy solutions and a wide range of facilities and services. And more importantly: a living environment where users feel connected and where a social experience in the field of art, culture and events is facilitated. For the architectural design, reference is made to Rockefeller Center (New York) and 10 Corso Como (Milan). The timelessness, the high quality of the facade and the iconic characteristic of Rockefeller Center, should represent the walls along the Lijnbaan, the Kruiskade and the Karel Doormanstraat. The small boutiques, the green, the subtle, all that can be found in Corso Como, can be found in the courtyard. A route runs through here with roof terraces, greenery and social facilities such as a traditional bakery, to achieve much more detail in the grand gesture that the Lijnbaan is.

Future residence

The future residents and visitors use the city as their living room and finds ownership of goods less important. Sub-concepts for mobility, but also for (flexible) spaces, a diverse range of housing, sustainability and flexibility are included as spearheads in this development. Lumière has set itself the goal of leading the way in the high-rise vision of Rotterdam: a beacon of innovation, sustainability and connection, in close cooperation with the environment.

Monumental integration

Lumière is created to flow and be part of the National Monument Lijnbaan Ensemble, the symbol of Rotterdam's reconstruction, though not formally part of it. During the design, the core values of the National Monument are taken into account. The plan is also part of the higher buildings and new construction around Weena, Hofplein and in the Rotterdam Central District. This development is therefore an opportunity to strengthen the connection between the various urban areas.

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