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Blokker Hoogstraat

The historical post-war shop of at the Hoogstraat in Rotterdam where a branch of store chain Blokker is located - previously the workshop of the company Martens - has been thoroughly renovated and has been given radiance, allure and toughness that is synonymous with resurrection.The original layout, with its mezzanine floor, no longer complied with contemporary shopping needs. In addition, the poor condition of the façade meant thorough renovation was a necessity. Thorough research into the originally used materials, and the details of the municipal monument, formed the basis for redevelopment.

A decision was made to enlarge the giant windows on the ground floor and to open up the first floor to create greater transparency on the top floor, which helped to restore the building’s original grandeur and openness.

The mezzanine was demolished in order to create two shopping floors. The basement of the premises is home to a branch of a shoe store, which creates a vertical distinction in shops and improves the sense of space in the premises. The ground floor has an open character, in keeping with the original Martens shop.


Blokker Hoogstraat




2007 - 2009




Blokker Holding bv


Hans Goverde, Nol van den Boer, Wouter IJssel de Schepper, Patrick Keijzer, Ton Ringeling


2,875 sqm

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