SALVATION ARMY BUILDING ROTTERDAM
VAN DUIVENBODE & DE JONG, 1993-1995, Gerdesiaweg 486/Hoge Boezem, Rotterdam
Ronald van Duivenbode
Tjeerd de Jong
Set on the corner of a block on Hoge Boezem, this headquarters for the Salvation Army houses all of this organization's activities except its programme for sheltering the homeless. The set-up is simple: a row for facilities and circulation at the rear with a freely subdivisible column-free space in front, each storey of which can be filled in as each function requires. The most important space is the double-height church hall on the first floor enfolded by a gallery expressed in the facade as a mass jutting from the cube of the main volume. Much of the frontage is dressed in white and bright red stucco to underline the building's monolithic aspect.