BANK BUILDING R. MEES & ZOONEN
A.J. KROPHOLLER, A.A. VAN NIEUWENHUIJZEN, 1930-1934, Blaak 10, Rotterdam
A.A. van Nieuwenhuijzen
Jan van Munster
Buildings for education
Between 1930 and 1934 existing premises on Blaak (in those days Zuidblaak) were converted into an office building for the firm of R. Mees & Zoonen, who had been domiciled here since 1745. Its new brick facade had sandstone corbels and lintels whose irregular disposition was informed by the surrounding buildings. The public and representative spaces have a fair-faced finish enlivened with masonry arches and vaults, though the building's frame is concrete. Damaged during the 1940 bombardment, it was restored and in 1982 appropriated by the Academy of Visual Arts. Kees Christiaanse has since added a new portion on Wijnhaven.