The Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA) has awarded Depot and Little C. During a gala in Theater Zuidplein prizes in four categories were presented.
The battle in the category Liveability & Social Cohesion was between two projects: Spaarndammerhart in Amsterdam and Little C in Rotterdam. The jury ultimately chose Little C as the winner. Because of the way in which high-quality urban quality combines with an enormous amount of housing. The area already houses some new hotspots like Kula, Weisbard and Old Scuola.
Little C is designed by Rotterdam-based CULD. The jury says: ‘Little C fulfills with verve its bridging function between the inner city and Coolhaven, between Erasmus MC and a new residential area, between the existing and the new city’.
Nominated in the category Stimulating Environments were Floating Office Rotterdam and Depot Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, both in Rotterdam, and the renewed King Willem I College in Den Bosch. The jury quickly came to a decision: the depot building won. ‘The way in which the works of art deserve a place in a palace of mirrors in the middle of the city. Not in the depths of the cellar.”
Rotterdam-based architectural office MVRDV designed the Depot. The jury says: ‘The design gives a new interpretation to the typology of the depot, which can inspire other museums. That is enormous merit.”