1. Management
The goal of creating a sustainable building is actively pursued not only
during the design and construction phases of FIRST but in the operating
phase as well. At the construction site, for instance, maximum measures
are taken to minimize the environmental impact during the construction
works. And when the building is occupied, the performance of the building
installations and the indoor climate quality will be continuously monitored
and optimized.
2. Health
FIRST is designed to optimize the benefits of natural light and fresh air to
ensure that it is a healthy building that offers a high level of comfort (climate
class A). Emission into the ambient air of substances that are toxic or injurious
to humans is actively prevented by choosing the right materials for use in and
around the building.
3. Energy
FIRST will be equipped with a sustainable heating and cooling system, using
the extraction of geothermal energy with heat and cold storage in the soil.
In addition, it will be equipped with solar panels for photovoltaic power
generation, LED lighting and daylight-dependent lighting regulation to
achieve the greatest possible energy efficiency.
Shifting from monofunctionality
to multifunctionality
4. Transport
Directly opposite the new railway station, Rotterdam Central Station, in the most
prominent location of the Rotterdam Central District, First Rotterdam marks the
entrance to the city centre. It will dominate the first impression of the estimated
Central Station daily as from 2015. First Rotterdam will serve as a statement of
a balanced mix of urban functions, covering a total surface area of 110,000 m²
of office, hospitality and retail space, as well as apartments, an inner court and
parking facilities. Its high-quality architecture of international stature is perfectly
aligned with the ambition of the prestigious Rotterdam Central District to serve
as a portal to Europe.
a multimodal public transport hub of international, national and regional
significance, linking the high-speed rail and RandstadRail networks with the
Key Figures
Site area (cf. NEN 2580)
15.353 m2gfa
Size of the project (cf. NEN 2580)
54.094 m2 gfa
Scope of the individual functions (cf. NEN 2580)
Office space 33.400 m2
70 kWh/m2 gfa
Storage space
512 m2
Water consumption is minimized by application of a grey water system and
water-efficient sanitary appliances.
Expected fossil fuel consumption (heat) 12 kWh/m2 gfa
Expected energy consumption from renewable sources (heat) 58 kWh/m2 gfa
6. Materials
Expected energy demand (cold) 80 kWh/m2 gfa
Expected fossil fuel consumption (cold) 10 kWh/m2 gfa
Expected energy consumption from renewable sources (cold) 70 kWh/m2 gfa
Expected electricity consumption 45 kWh/m2 gfa
(building-related: ventilation/lighting)
Expected energy consumption from renewable sources (PV)
Expected water consumption
1 kWh/m2 gfa
4½ m3/person/year
Expected % of the water consumption sourced
from grey water circuit FIRST is a inner-city redevelopment project. The addition of residential,
business and accommodation functions to the location ensures very
intensive use of the available space. During the redevelopment, the
municipal ecologist contributed recommendations concerning the existing
flora and fauna in the area. In response to these recommendations, nest
boxes will be mounted at the FIRST site for species that inhabit the area,
and measures will be taken during the construction phase to minimize
interference with the fauna in the area.
9. Pollution
railway, metro, bus, tram and taxi systems – as can be expected of a European
business centre.
Expected energy demand (heat)
Emission of toxic or harmful substances will be prevented to the maximum
extent possible. The buffer effect of green roofs will help to relieve the
sewerage system in the area. And the building’s sound radiation into
surrounding houses and apartments is in compliance with the very strict
BREEAM requirements.
Starting from 2012, Rotterdam Central Station is planned to develop into
De Architekten Cie.
Sustainability Consultant 5. Water
8. Land use and ecology
in the façade of the new building. Once completed, the entire area will display
2 underground parking floors
5.351 m2
Construction waste is separated, and as much as possible of the materials
is recycled. And the policy of waste separation, collection and disposal will
continue into the operational phase of the building.
created by the English sculptor Henry Moore, will be allocated a prominent place
hospitality and exhibition space, as well as
Rotterdam’s skyline.
which is listed on the national buildings register. The Wall Relief at Weena,
Approximately 40,000 m2 LFA of office, meeting,
FIRST is located directly opposite the Rotterdam Central Station and is
therefore very easily accessible by public transport. The location itself is
provided with ample facilities for cyclists, and includes electric vehicles.
7. Waste
more space and greenery surrounding the domed building in the inner court,
2012 – 2015
Programme 5.891 m2
metropolitan dynamics. The 125 metres tall First Tower will be a new highlight of
The existing Weenapoint Tower will be extensively renovated. The plans include
Realization Conference space
The building materials are of sustainable origin. All of the wood that is used
carries the FSC label, and the concrete is sourced from ISO 14001 certified
suppliers. In addition, the quantities of new concrete are limited by using
crushed demolition waste as an aggregate.
320,000 commuters and travellers who are forecast to visit the new Rotterdam
Annual CO2 emission reduction: 1,000 tons
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