Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Zara facade Internal store 012

Zara has opened its largest store in the world in the heart of Rotterdam. The flagship store which spans over 8,000 sqm, sits at the junction of ‘Cool’ district’s main street ‘Coolsingel’ and its famous square ‘Beursplein’. Until now, the existing four retail floors, had been let to fashion retailer C&A. In a joint re-signing of the lease by Redevco and fashion retail group Inditex last year, the team agreed to upgrade the building to reach BREAM’S ‘Excellent’ sustainability rating. This would involve renovating the building’s façade using original materials and retaining the detailing. The operational energy now runs off an electric grid using solar power and the building is equipped with hermetic insulation. A green roof helps to cool spaces effectively.

Redevco’s vision is to create sustainable environments within cities by delivering low carbon, dynamic spaces. In turn, this will enhance the lives and wellbeing of those within the community. Similar to Redevco in its mission to reach sustainability goals, are architects Architechten Cie who offered aesthetic guidance on the updated design of this iconic building and took care of the environmental permit.

The built environment is responsible for 40% of global carbon emissions and Redevco aims to make its entire portfolio carbon neutral by 2040 as part of its ‘Mission 2040’. In a bid to reach this goal, radical changes must come into play and Redevco believes that cities and their buildings play a vital role in this transition.

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8,000 sqm

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In the heart of the city centre of Rotterdam, Coolsingel 80.