Located in Rotterdam, Netherlands, designed by Mei Architecten en stedenbouwers BV, St. Jobsveem is a former warehouse and now a state monument on Lloydpier quay in Rotterdam. It is a rough, dark and sturdy building. Jobsveem has a closed character to protect goods from too much daylight, rain and wind.
With the re-designation from warehouse to ST JOB residential building, daylight has entered the structure. The unique character has been retained, but three glazed atriums introduce daylight as well as views to the adjoining dwellings. Located in the atriums are the main stairways, lifts and entrances for the ground floor; a lively light-filled space where residents meet one another.
The upper floors of Jobsveem are marked by endlessly long floors (103 x 25 m) with cast-iron columns. The lack of bearing walls meant that the floors could be subdivided as required. The same flexibility can be found in the floor plans of the dwellings. It is possible to turn as much or as little floor area of ST JOB into residential space as desired. The admission of daylight and the availability of lofts with floor areas as required have resulted in a unique building.