An OMA development threatens a landmark of Dutch urban designOctober 19, 2018
Consider Rotterdam’s Lijnbaan.
The Lijnbaan, a large-scale development for Rotterdam proposed by Dutch architect Jo van den Broek, was made of housing and commercial buildings.
Van Gool renderings of the Lijnbaan
The freshly conceived apartment buildings’ designs were headed by Hugh Maaskant and his associates and, germane for our subject, the handsome “new objectivity” Lijnbaan shops along a mostly “L-Shaped” street system were credited to the architectural firm Van den Broek and Bakema.
The northern end of the Lijnbaan as it appears today (Courtesy Mei Architects)
Also, there were seven lines of canopies that stretched across the landscaped areas that separated the shop rows.
While the southern arm of the complex is in turmoil, the northern part is being restored by Robert Wankel of Mei Architects.
Towers from OMA’s earlier scheme for FORUM Rotterdam overlooking the southern arm of de Lijnbaan (Courtesy OMA)
The southern arm of the Lijnbaan, which is not eligible for 50-year preservation status, is being threatened by moneyed interests and a high powered designer , Rem Koolhaas, and his firm, OMA.
Multi Nederland is the developer and the “star” architect is Rem Koolhaas —former supporter of the social values of shopping and the preservation of historical modern buildings.
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