13.000 m² of facade elements for The View – Rotterdam



On the Rijnhaven in Rotterdam, Van Omme & de Groot are building a new apartment complex, The Bayhouse, and the adjacent MGallery hotel. Both new construction projects are known by their joint name, The View. For The View, mbX will produce 13,000 m2 of glass-fibre reinforced facade elements.


On 3 February 2020, work recommenced on the construction of The Bay House and the adjacent MGallery by Sofitel hotel. Directly on the Rijnhaven on Katendrecht in Rotterdam. In itself, the sentence is correct, but I would split it in two. The Bay House residential complex will have ten floors with 110 luxury flats. Of these, 22 are rental flats with a private entrance and 88 are owner-occupied flats. The adjacent MGallery hotel will consist of over 200 rooms, a restaurant, rooftop bar, terrace, wellness centre and event space.
The design of The View is by Joke Vos Architects. The View will have a robust look with a light colour. In this way, Joke Vos strives for sturdy elegance. The façade grid of glass fibre reinforced concrete refers to the harbour buildings and is embellished with glass fronts.


For The View, mbX will produce 13,000 m2 of glass fibre reinforced façade elements. Production will consist of flat facade elements in the colour white. In addition, mbX will also produce deep black elements with a structure. The structure makes it look as if the elements are ‘crumpled’ and flexible. The combination of these elements fits in perfectly with the architect’s vision of sturdy elegance. Production is expected to start in mid-2021. The duration of this project is approximately two years. At the end of 2022/beginning of 2023, the last elements for The View will roll out of our factory.


mbX has extensive experience with the production of façade elements in high-strength concrete and in glass-fibre reinforced concrete. By using these methods, mbX can usually make its products lighter and thinner than in traditional concrete. For example, mbX has produced 1500 double-curved HPC facade elements for the Arnhem central station. For Lansingerland-Zoetermeer station, mbX produced 3,600 m2 of HPC elements.