TomDavid Architects was appointed to expand the historic Holland America Line (HAL) building, the Rotterdam cruise terminal, to handle baggage for the growing number of cruise ships docking in the Dutch city.
The architects responded to this need with an internal reorganisation of the historic building to handle baggage on the ground floor with an industrial external structure referred to as PULS = Pop Up Luggage Space, providing an additional 350 sqm of storage space.
The external structure has two purposes: it is used as a panoramic terrace, and can if necessary become a baggage storage facility.
PULS is a temporary baggage storage facility which opens up like an umbrella in only 4 minutes. When not required, the structure is practically invisible, leaving the dock completely free. In its upper part, the terrace is at the level of the Café Rotterdam and offers an excellent viewpoint for panoramic views over the Maas River and the city skyline.
Architect: TomDavid Architects.
Partners in charge: Tom van Odijk and David Baars
Client: Port of Rotterdam | Cruise Port Rotterdam
Execution: Heijmans, Rotterdam
Structural engineer: ABT Delft
Management: BBN consultants Rotterdam
Images courtesy of Tom David Architects © Ossip van Duivenbode