Rotterdam Centraal wins the 2015 Nederlandse Bouwprijs in the Buildings Category

Rotterdam Centraal was announced the winner of the 13th edition of Dutch Construction Awards (De Nederlandse Bouwprijs) in the Buildings category during the annual Gala of Dutch Construction, which took place in Amsterdam on the 9th of February, 2015.

This prestigious prize is awarded once every two years, to high quality innovative building initiatives that make a significant contribution to the quality of the building sector. The award is divided into four categories; Buildings, Building Materials & Systems, Civil Works and the Encouragement Award.

Rotterdam Centraal was selected as the winner from the three finalists in the Buildings category. The other nominees in the Building Category were Villa Kogelhof, Kamperland by Paul de Ruiter Architects Buildings and, The Expansion and Renovation of Mauritshuis, The Hague by Hans van Heeswijk Architects.

Designed by Team CS (a collaboration between Benthem Crouwel Architects, MVSA Meyer and Van Schooten Architects and West 8) The Professional Jury described Rotterdam CS as “a symbol for optimum quality’’. Noting that while the function of the building remains the same “the transformation of the formerly gloomy building with its ‘narrow tunnels’ has resulted in a playful, safe and extremely attractive building.” A combination of robust construction, open space, transparency of facades and continuity of pavement, Rotterdam Centraal is “an extremely complex project which was implemented successfully with many parties and is now a station that invites you to travel by public transport.”

This year eleven finalists were selected from the 128 entries. Each of the finalists were chosen for their contribution to the quality, innovation and economic sustainability of the construction industry. The Jury commended the design, strong co-operation and successful integration of all components in both the newly realized projects and the transformation of existing works. “The focus on sustainability is no longer an exception and it is nice to see that social responsibility is increasingly commonplace in the industry.’’ All of which speaks volumes for the resilience and dynamism of the building sector.

To see the full list of finalist and read the Jury Report (in Dutch) click here.