A rendering of Kimpton hotel in Rotterdam

ODA reveals first look at Kimpton Rotterdam guestrooms

New York-based architecture firm ODA has released new renderings for Kimpton Rotterdam, a 226-key hotel occupying the upper floors of a 58,000m² adaptive reuse project in the city’s former Central Post Office.

Located in the Coolsingel district, the iconic Postkantoor building is one of the only original structures still standing after Rotterdam Blitz, the aerial bombardment that levelled nearly all of its historic core in 1940. Each design element of the hotel has been inspired by its rich history, from the colour palettes to the furniture style. Guests and the public will walk through spaces influenced by embossing on an envelope, ink dried on heavy card stock, wax seals and the intimacy of a handwritten letter.

ODA aims to maintain and enhance the post office’s original construction, which dates back to 1916 and includes the 22.5-metre-high vaulted Great Hall. The space will become the public heart of the residential, retail and hospitality complex, which will be developed by Omnam Investment Group. It will be accessed by two existing street-level entrances and be lined with shops, galleries, restaurants and cafes.

“We believe that it’s time for the Post to stand not only as a memory, but also as an expression of the strength of Rotterdam today as a vibrant, connected, centre of culture, renewal and quality of life,” says Eran Chen, Executive Director at ODA. “The Post tower is a reinterpretation of both urban living and the Post Office’s architectural assets, extending the elegance of the main hall through to the tower.”

Accessible from every side, this monument will, once again, serve as a point of engagement in the city centre, a link between Rotterdam Centraal, all the way to the bustling Markthal.

Photography: © Forbes Massie