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Ferro Innovation Factory

A generator for transformation

In the center of the M4H area we start with the metamorphosis of the old port area into a mixed living, working and making district. The renovation transforms the former office building of the Ferro ensemble into the Ferro Innovation Factory. A place for growing companies in the design, innovation and R&D sector, which are mainly related to harbour activities. It will be a transparent, recognizable innovative building. A contemporary industrial icon.

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The Ferro Innovation Factory combines a professional appearance with a comfortable working environment. The building offers the qualities of a lively and collective environment so that exchange and cross-pollination are naturally stimulated. By giving it a heart and opening the space from the inside and then reconnecting the floors, a new void is created where visibility and daylight are given free rein and can penetrate deep into the building. A sculptural staircase moves freely through this space and, in addition to the floors, also connects collective meeting spaces.

For the public space around the building, the focus will be on greenery and dwelling. A lively plinth that offers space for a coffee and lunch bar and active programming. The patio on the top floor forms a sheltered outdoor space for small-scale activities, while the roof terrace with bar is complemented by a view of the water.

It will be a recognizably renewed building. A contemporary industrial icon that offers space to innovative users who can literally color the building. By using a transparent, energy-generating facade, the building will become energy-neutral.

Facts on a row

Client

Port of Rotterdam

Assignment

Renovation, refurbishment

Location

M4H area, Rotterdam

Area

7,440 sqm

Function

Workshop(s) for creative industry, offices for scale-ups, incubator / coworking space, meeting and event space

Start design

January 2018

Start construction

Expected end of 2019
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The makers of this project

Maarten van Bremen
Maarten van Bremen
maarten@groupa.nl

Architect | Partner

Adam Visser
Adam Visser
adam@groupa.nl

Architect | Partner

Folkert van Hagen
Folkert van Hagen
folkert@groupa.nl

Architect | Partner

Frank Deltrap
Frank Deltrap
frank@groupa.nl

Architect | Projectleader

Greetje van den Nouweland
Greetje van den Nouweland
greetje@groupa.nl

Architect | Urban designer

Hala Abi Saad
Hala Abi Saad
hala@groupa.nl

Architect

Pietro Giromini
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Rodrigo Altamirano Fernand├ęz
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External stakeholders
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