Rob van Erk
A.A. van Nieuwenhuijzen
The Bank for Trade and Shipping, a traditionalist building from 1957 by Van Nieuwenhuyzen provided the basis for a 97 metre high office slab for MeesPierson. Partly clad in rust-coloured stone and partly glazed, the new addition at first seems autonomous yet such details as the elliptical windows in the concrete gable are clear references to the existing building. The facade glazing is stepped so as not to deprive the pavement cafés on Stadhuisplein of sunlight. The building is configured as three nine-metre rows set square to Coolsingel; the first seven floors of the central row are given over to a tall lobby.