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Mosa brings new life to Rotterdam icon

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[SPONSORED FEATURE] Ceramic surface specialist Mosa brings an iconic Rotterdam building back to life with its Mosa Solids collection

The Delftse Poort, an impressive building made of steel and mirrored glass, was erected in 1992 on the site that once housed the old city gate. The building is located in the Rotterdam Central District and was once the tallest skyscraper in the Netherlands at 151 metres high. Last year, the ground floors underwent an extensive renovation that respected the original architecture

‘We transformed this single-tenant building into a multi-tenant building,’ says Vincent van den Putten, asset manager at CBRE Global Investors. ‘It’s now a building for working, meeting, and relaxing.’

Ramon Beijen, creative director at CBRE, nods in agreement. ‘The building was industrial, dark, and uninviting. We wanted to make it more transparent and therefore more accessible. We softened the edges a little by adding an open entrance and huge windows that let in natural light, and highlighted the human nature of the building. It needed to become an urban retreat with organic shapes and warm materials like ceramic, wood, fabric, and plants.’

‘The Mosa Solids collection was new to us,’ explains Beijen. ‘What makes it so unique is its randomness and its ability to bring huge surfaces to life. The floor looks like an organic whole instead of being made up of individual patterned tiles. They are warm and reflect the light nicely, which matches our design brief perfectly: we wanted a durable floor with a matt finish that could withstand intensive use.’

Van den Putten agrees. ‘Thanks to the contractor’s quick work and Mosa’s flexibility, we managed to get the job done quickly. The dynamic interplay between continuous contact and planning, paired with crystal clear agreements, defined this project,’ he says.

‘The success of this relationship is reflected in the responses we’ve received,’ adds Beijen. ‘They have been overwhelmingly positive. People are surprised and charmed by the transformation and the wow factor.’

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