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Wijn aan de Kade

Wijn aan de Kade

Project Description

Rotterdam based Studio AAAN has had the fortune to combine architecture and wine in their design for the new wineshop ‚Wijn aan de Kade‘. It is located in a 1896 monumental premises along the Admiraliteitskade in the centre of Rotterdam. The four storey shop has been transformed into a long, modern and warmly finished space clad with laser engraved oak panels.

The continuous space is flanked by two cabinet walls with niches, cupboards and amenities. Wine boxes are stored inside the cabinets, large cutouts function as displays for over 300 different bottles of wine. Service areas like storage, toilets and an office are concealed behind the wall. The result is a clear and spacious shop with a strong focus on the wines. The cabinets are clad with oak panels which are engraved with labels of famous and desirable wine houses. The rear walls of the wine display cutouts show the original brickwork from the  foundation of the 17th century VOC shipyard (Dutch East India Company).

The 200 square meter shop, consists of four levels; a basement, ground floor, mezzanine and first floor. In addition to the main retail space, the shop features a small bar, a kitchen, a tasting area and a cellar. The lowly lit wine cellar has an intriguing atmosphere while the other floors are bright and generous. Careful integration of daylight from above balances the perception of the entrance and the mezzanine in the back.

All furniture is custom designed. In the cellar two long black cabinets filled with fine gravel contain luxurious wines. A large cabinet with integrated cash register is placed on the ground floor. A small bar is placed on the mezzanine to accommodate small tastings. The first floor is used as the main tasting area for larger groups and contains educative tables with maps of wine regions engraved in the tabletops.


Wijn aan de Kade

  • Rotterdam
  • Netherlands
Completion: 2015
Used materials
  • Wood

Type of Building

Architect Office