When it was completed in 1954, the building was previously home to the ultramodern ‘Galeries Modernes’ department store, which had been located on the Hoogstraat since the end of the nineteenth century. The transformation into a hotel means this striking building, which also borders the Grotekerkplein and Delfsevaart, will be preserved for the city. Another floor will be added to the former ‘Galeries Modernes’ department store.
The facility departments, along with a gym, will be housed in the basement of the future hotel. The entrance to the hotel and shops on Hoogstraat will be on the ground floor at Grotekerkplein. A total of 180 hotel rooms will be built on the first four floors of the hotel. The core of the building features a patio, which allows daylight to enter deep into the building. A green roof landscape has been designed for the roof.
The roof pavilion functions as a spectacular sky lounge, which offers a panoramic view of this part of the city centre. The expansion of the building sees an added 2,000 square metres of gross floor area which is currently 5,500 square metres and will soon be 7,500 square metres. The new architecture by KAAN architects harks back to the period of the reconstruction of Rotterdam.