Architecture Institute Rotterdam

The Architecture Institute Rotterdam (AIR) is located in an office building on the Waalhaven in Rotterdam, designed in 1945 by the architect Ad van der Steur. The former administrative floors have been renovated in the past and are now characterised by an open-plan organisation. In principle, this benefits AIR's dynamic working culture, but provided a rather generic environment with few nuances and problematic acoustic and lighting conditions. The visible installations and the outdated lighting system also made for a sterile, cluttered working environment. As this is a listed building, the redesign was not allowed to interfere with the substance of the building.

The restructuring of the offices has created a new sequence of spaces, with zones of different qualities. The lighting on the entire floor was recalculated and replaced by new fittings with spherical hanging lamps. Through a large sound buffering sliding door, there is the possibility of completely separating one part of the space. This is where the future library will be located, which will be housed in the cupboard elements on either side of the door. 


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Van der Steur interiors

The cupboards are made of a specially designed and built modular system of plywood, oiled in a shade of green. The below part of the doors are clad with panels of folded steel. Proportions, dimension and surfaces of the intervention refer to principles that van der Steur applied to the interiors he designed.