• Nesselande Library and Cultural Centre, theatre shows off with inspiring wall paper in library area
  • Nesselande Library and Cultural Centre, interconnection of spaces with bridge like shelving units
  • Nesselande Library and Cultural Centre, working tables
  • Nesselande Library and Cultural Centre, large room dividers with bookshleving
  • Nesselande Library and Cultural Centre, lots of room for media display
  • Nesselande Library and Cultural Centre, life size dragon with children's books
  • Nesselande Library and Cultural Centre, interconnection of functions: theatre wall with book shelving
  • Nesselande Library and Cultural Centre, meeting alcove in theater wall
  • Nesselande Library and Cultural Centre, theatre wall with meeting alcoves meets downstairs café
  • Nesselande Library and Cultural Centre, interconnection of functions: learning rooms, theatre and offices gather in one big space
  • Nesselande Library and Cultural Centre, densified office space: two layers on top of each other
  • Nesselande Library and Cultural Centre, internet search table with magazine display
  • Nesselande Library and Cultural Centre, magazine reading area underneath fancy skylight
  • Nesselande Library and Cultural Centre, lounging underneath a bright skylight
  • Nesselande Library and Cultural Centre, skylight with magazine reading tables

Rotterdam Nesselande Cultural Centre

The Netherlands, 2008. Rotterdam Nesselande Cultureel Centrum. How to stuff too much functions in little space and to become happy.

Situation

Here’s a limited amount of floor space, and put in a restaurant, a small hotel, a café, a library, some learning rooms and a theatre. And don’t forget the offices, too!

Target

Create a new blend of functions, let them interact and intensify each other. Make it look simple and logical and don’t let show there actually is too less room.

Action

Forget individual lists of needs and demands. Make one together instead. Focus on customers rather than employees. Discover a new blend of functions, tools, furniture and embrace interaction as a solution.

Result

A library like no other. And a cultural centre like no other. Functions gently nestle against one another, creating a exciting cultural maze you don’t want to escape from.

Did you know?

This building seemed to small indeed. But stacking offices op top of each other provided just the space needed to leave enough room to breath for all individual functions, blended in a cocktail no one had expected. Too bad not every building is too small!

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