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ZUS:  The Luchtsingel is open. Decades after their separation, the 400-meter-long pedestrian bridge has reconnected three districts in the heart of Rotterdam. The Luchtsingel was initiated and designed by the Rotterdam-based architects ZUS and is the world’s first piece of public infrastructure to be accomplished mostly through crowdfunding. Together with the new public spaces, including the Delftsehof, Dakakker, Pompenburg Park, and the Hofplein Station Roof Park, a ‘three-dimensional cityscape’ has arisen.


▼连接三个地区的“卢克辛格尔”  Together with the three new public spaces


“基于‘永久的瞬间’理念,‘卢克辛格尔’的设计引入了诠释城市的新方式,它以城市的发展特征和现有的形式为出发点,因此我们正在为设计、融资和规划发展新的思路方法”,ZUS的合伙人Elma van Boxel这么说道。

‘Based on the idea of Permanent Temporality, the Luchtsingel introduces a new way of making city. This means using the city’s evolutionary character and existing forms as a starting point. Therefore, we have developed new instruments for design, financing, and planning’, says Elma van Boxel, partner at ZUS.


When, in 2011, it was announced that a planned office development in Rotterdam Central District had been cancelled, leaving many existing office spaces vacant as a result, ZUS decided to take matters into their own hands. They used a former office building, the Schieblock, to develop a city laboratory, which currently acts as an important incubator for young entrepreneurs. With its ground-floor store, bar, culinary workshop, information centre, and its rooftop field called the Dakakker, Europe’s first urban farming roof, it has become a prototype for sustainable development.




By simply increasing accessibility for pedestrians, the 400-meter-long bridge will ensure synergy between the various sites. It is now the norm to walk from the Station Quarter to the North, and to the Laurenskwartier via Pompenburg. These distinctive connections give the area a unique position in Rotterdam’s urban fabric.




Next followed the Delftsehof, which became one of Rotterdam’s most vibrant nightlife areas, and then the child-friendly Pompenburg Park, where a vegetable garden has been landscaped next to a playground. The roof of the former Hofplein Station is currently being developed as a green space and events terrain. Additionally, the Hofpoort, a huge, empty office tower in the area, will be programmed by ZUS for the coming two years. These varied and new public spaces return this former heart of Rotterdam back to being green and liveable, with the Luchtsingel running throughout as a unifying factor.





The Process

ZUS devised the Luchtsingel plan in 2011. In 2012, as co-curators of the International Architecture Biënnale Rotterdam (IABR), the station area was renamed ‘Test Site Rotterdam’. It consisted of eighteen interventions, all connected by one continuous route: the Luchtsingel. For financing, the ‘I Make Rotterdam’ crowd-funding campaign was started; for €25 anyone could buy a board inscribed with their name, and over 8000 boards were sold.


▼刻上个人姓名的“卢克辛格尔”木板  The board inscribed with the buyer’s name


▼华灯初上,站在桥上可以看到霍夫林车站  The night view of Luchtsingel




Award winning design

In 2012, the Luchtsingel plan won the Rotterdam City Initiative. It was then awarded the 2012 Green Building Award, the Berlin Urban Intervention Award in 2013, the 2014 Rotterdam Architecture Award, and was nominated for the Golden Pyramid and the Dutch Construction Award in 2015.


▼历史发展顺序分析 Historical sequence diagram

▼“永久的瞬间”概念分析  Permanent temporality diagram


▼场地地图  Site map


▼平面图  Plan


▼环岛总览  Overview roundabout

▼桥的剖面  Bridge section


▼霍夫林车站楼梯总览  Overview staircase Hofplein


▼代尔夫塞霍夫公园楼梯 Delftsehof staircase backgarden


设计公司:ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles]
承包商:Groot Lemmer

Design company: ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles]
Venue: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Customer/Owner: Rotterdam City
Year of Completion: 2015
Contractor: Groot Lemmer
Length: 400m


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