Hart van Zuid Kraaijvanger
Hart van Zuid Kraaijvanger
Hart van Zuid Kraaijvanger
Hart van Zuid Kraaijvanger
Hart van Zuid Kraaijvanger

Hart van Zuid




ClientBallast Nedam

TeamHans Goverde, Vincent van der Meulen, David Hess, Joost Esschendal, Frank Hendriks

The area around Rotterdam Ahoy, Zuidplein and the Gooilandsingel in Rotterdam South are at the brink of a large and integrated redevelopment. Kraaijvanger Architects is supervisor of the urban planning and designing several transformations and newly constructed buildings in the area. The plan ‘Hart van Zuid’ (Heart of South) is a vision for the coming twenty years. A combination of an upgrade of the public spaces, the construction of new buildings and the transformation of some older structures futureproofs the area. In time the public spaces will pull together the surrounding neighborhoods making the area truly a hearth for Rotterdam South, a place for people to leisure and meet each other. 

Swimming  Venue

First step in ‘Hart van Zuid’ is the transformation of the former Rotterdam Zuid Borough Offices into a multifunctional swimming venue. Since the borough offices transferred much of its function to the main city and the neighborhood swimming pool no longer meets current requirements the opportunity arose to combine the two functions and add extra commercial space at street level.

Ahoy and International Congress Centre

Ahoy Rotterdam Convention Centre gets a renovation and extension. 25,000 m² of existing exhibit hall  floor will be upgraded to a higher level of flexibility. In the future they’ll be suited to house multiple smaller exhibitions simultaneously or larger conventions that use the whole of Ahoy. A newly build International Congress Centre will add 25,000 m² of congress halls, break-out rooms and multi-purpose spaces. The central 2.750 seat congress hall will not only be the largest of its kind in the Netherlands, it can also be transformed into a music hall for 7000 people or an extension of the Ahoy exhibit hall floor.

Public Transport Hub

Zuidplein is an important public transport hub and the largest bus station of Rotterdam. A much needed upgrade will make the whole area more attractive and increase pedestrian accessibly for the metro and bus station. Surrounding streets and public squares will be linked together by making them pedestrian friendly.


Hart van Zuid is a project of the City of Rotterdam and the builders Ballast Nedam and Heijmans. Kraaijvanger Architects, De Zwarte Hond Architects and Karres en Brands Landscape Architects are the designing for the area right now. The project has a horizon for the coming twenty years and residents, visitors and business owners will have an active role in shaping the final plans for the area. The plans foresee a greener public space, future proof water retention as well as housing, a hotel and a new cinema.

Impressions by XKP visual engineers