Mecanoo's 'scenic route' Maritime Center Rotterdam will be located in the middle of the water of the Rijnhaven. The organic building contrasts with the rational, industrial design of the port. The triple helix of the international maritime world comes together in this center: the past, present and future. It will be a place for maritime entrepreneurs, science and culture. The center will be accessible to the public and will create a place to stay, on and in the water, with a view of the surrounding port.
The Maritime Center Rotterdam will form a key element of the ‘Rondje Rijnhaven’ and the jetty path from the Wilhelminaplein towards Katendrecht; creating a walk along the quays of the Rijnhaven and connecting to the planned network of paths along and on the water.
The Maritime Center is part of the development vision for the Codrico Terrain drawn up by project developer RED Company. With the approval of the development vision by the Board, the plan will continue together with the architects and enter into dialogue with local parties.
The municipal council will also discuss and adopt the memorandum of principles (Nota van Uitgangspunten) for the project, after which the procedure for a zoning plan can be started. A giant leap towards a complete Katendrecht. The Rijnhaven as a new Rotterdam city center for the 21st century.