The Codrico factory is an ensemble of iconic industrial buildings that define the history and identity of Rotterdam’s Rijnhaven [‘Rijn Harbor’]. With the company Codrico leaving the site, Powerhouse Company has developed a transformative urban vision in collaboration with Delva Landscape architects, SHoP Architects, Mecanoo and Office Winhov.
Office Winhov is responsible for the redesign of the monumental and iconic buildings designed by architect J.J.M. Vegter. In 1952 the first buildings were completed as the flour factory CO-OP – with this original complex designated as a national monument in 2014. In 1966, the complex was expanded on the street side with a large concrete silo building.
When designing the extension, the starting point was the structure of the original buildings. New additions will build on the urban and architectural features of the existing building sections. The resulting ensemble will be very much multi-use: offices, hotel, restaurants, cafes and housing. The site will become a public area, whereby cultural programing and a route through the building will ensure this heritage site will be accessible for Rotterdammers and other Rijnhaven visitors.