The architectural exhibition, 'Rotterdam and Mei,' is currently on view at OMI Rotterdam. 'Mei architects' is responsible for many of the iconic buildings in the city. The firm has recently won various awards for the newly completed Fenix I in Katendrecht.
Rotterdam-based Mei architects and planners is an internationally operating and award-winning architectural firm. Mei's recently completed transformation of Fenix I on Katendrecht won numerous awards, including the Rotterdam Architecture Award 2019 (professional jury & public) and the ICONIC Award 2020 for innovative architecture.
The pre-war growth of the port and the rebuilding of the city have greatly determined the development of Rotterdam and its architecture. With their designs, Mei architects and planners are known to give renewed meaning to these defining periods in Rotterdam's history by realizing contemporary buildings that are true to the city's industrial heritage.
Mei and OMI made a selection of the Rotterdam projects that show the versatility of the work and the way the firm works; with models by Studio Faber, recent photographs by Ossip van Duivenbode and a timeline that places the projects in a historical context. Highlighted works include the redevelopment of the pre-war warehouse Jobsveem, the restoration of De Lijnbaan or the new construction of the Schiecentrale.
Rotterdam and Mei 📷 Ossip van Duivenbode
Fenix I has risen on the Rijnhaven, a 'gallery flat' on the monumental transshipment hangar in which restaurants and cultural institutions are now located. The transformation and expansion of the former St. Job warehouse and the power plant in the Lloyd Quarter are highlights of the Mei architects signature style.
Both are the result of renovation, redevelopment and renewal. The aesthetics, either expressive or restrained, depending on the project, location and history. One example of this approach is the Lijnbaan shopping promenade which will be restored with its wooden canopies and facades in original shades of gray. Another, is the McDonald's on the Coolsingel; here, a sixties' pavilion has been replaced by a variant of an American diner, dressed in glass and gold.
Practical information - Rotterdam and Mei exhibition
The exhibition can be visited free of charge at OMI. Registration is not necessary, but because of COVID-19 a maximum of six people can enter at the same time. The exhibition is open from Thursday to Saturday from 13:00 to 18:00, until 21 November.
For more information, I recommend you visit the OMI website.
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