Rients Dijkstra on cover of third edition STRICT
Proper use of the plinths is essential for an attractive public space. In addition to a skyscraper, a building must also be a groundscraper, as stated in RCD's structural vision. The groundscraper stands for the aim that high-profile and innovative high-rise buildings also contribute to an appealing street life. The programming of the plinth should stimulate the urban dynamics and the continuity of the cityscape.
New projects with a lively plinth
A number of large projects is currently being developed, such as the Tree House (PLP Architecture & ZUS), the Modernist (MVRDV) and the redevelopment of the Schiekadeblok, all combining residential functions with a lively plinth. The successful Biergarten (Nikki van Dijk) returns in a new form.
Rotterdam Central District not yet finished
Rients emphasizes that the RCD is not "finished" after these new developments. I will take at least another 12 years before all the lifeless plinths of the RCD are transformed into lively places to stay. Read the magazine online at www.strictrotterdam.com