Rotterdam studio MVRDV has unveiled plans to build a new skyscraper in its home city, featuring a pixelated facade made up of hundreds of bay windows. It will be built on Rotterdam’s Wilhelmina Pier, alongside OMA’s De Rotterdam tower complex, UNStudio’s Erasmus Bridge and the Renzo Piano-designed KPN Telecom Office Tower.
Rising to a height of around 150 metres, The Sax will consist of two towers, bridged halfway up by a large horizontal volume with a public plaza on its roof. Large square windows will cover all the building’s exterior walls, including many that project forwards. Most of these relate directly to the layout of apartments inside the building, giving residents floor-to-ceiling windows with 270-degree views.
At the building’s base, a glazed plinth will accommodate shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. The towers will contain 450 apartments, while the horizontal block will be occupied by a 150-room hotel.The large public terrace will stretch across the entire roof of the hotel block, 80 metres above the ground.
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