The German design department store Stilwerk has announced that it will permanently establish itself in the monumental Santos warehouse in the Rotterdam Rijnhaven District.
Stilwerk made this known during its New Year's meeting in Hamburg. The former coffee warehouse Santos is being transformed into a distinctive total concept with design shops, coworking space, serviced apartments and food concepts. The total surface area of approximately 8000 m2 will comprise around 3500 m2 of retail space.
The imposing Santos building gets a crown on the roof by adding a floating golden layer. Architects of this project are Renner Hainke Wirth Zirn Architekten and Wessel de Jonge architects. Architect Karin Renner about Stilwerk Rotterdam: 'Katendrecht is developing rapidly. For Hamburg Stilwerk was an important pioneer in urban development 20 years ago. Santos in Rotterdam is a beautiful monumental building that we embrace and that at the same time gets a destination in this modern era. We love to unite old and new, so a beautiful contrast and dialogue is created between historical and modern design. '
Stilwerk is on top of Gassan Diamonds the second big name that Frame Vastgoed can announce with regard to the retail offer in the Rijnhaven District. It is expected that construction work will start in Santos in the summer of 2019 and Stilwerk will open its doors in early 2021.
Image: Stilwerk in Berlin