HOUSING BLOCK THE RED APPLE
KCAP, 2002-2009, Wijnhaven/Wijnbrugstraat, Rotterdam
Jan des Bouvrie
Han van den Born
Urban Design Wijnhaven
KCAP, the firm responsible for the development guidelines for Wijnhaveneiland, designed this housing block of 210 units at the point where Wijnhaven meets Scheepmakershaven. The Red Apple combines a slender tower 120 metres tall and a low cantilevering wedge of housing round an atrium. Both stand on a ‘plinth’ of shops, office space and indoor parking. Anodized aluminium bars rising up the tower’s exterior narrow as the view becomes more spectacular. Units have full-height glazing and French balconies. The less-tall block has horizontal red elements and a communal outdoor area in each flank wall.