Centre East ➁
Look carefully, or you might just miss this new building by Rem Koolhaas’ firm OMA. It was designed not to dominate the skyline, but to be absorbed by the city. This hovering cloud of steel and glass is connected to the old Timmerhuis, the headquarters for the rebuilding of the city in the 1950s. Besides apartments, the building is also
home to Museum Rotterdam, shops, restaurants and a public passage.
Ds. Jan Scharpstraat
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A giant arch of apartments covers this huge indoor market. Impressive for its size and shape, but also for the colourfully decorated ceiling, which was designed by Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam and is called ‘The horn of plenty’. Inside, you’ll find a plethora of market stalls, grocery shops and restaurants. On any day of the week, this is a lively agora and a veritable overload for the senses.
Centre West ➀
The best way to enter Rotterdam is through its Central Station. This wedge-shaped building which is clad with stainless steel is a collaboration between Benthem rouwel Architects, mvsa Architects and West 8. The wooden ceiling, granite floors and large windows in the entranceway make for a pleasantly spacious building.
SHIPPING AND TRANSPORT COLLEGE
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From this blue and white chequered building, the 2000 students of the Shipping and Transport College have a fabulous view of where they will one day work. The building by Neutelings Riedijk Architects with a 70-metre high tower is shaped like a periscope.
Standing 150 metres tall and over 100 metres wide, this is the largest building in the Netherlands and one of the largest in Europe. The irregular stacked building represents a vertical city and was designed by oma’s Rem Koolhaas. Although initially criticised for adding more office space to a city that already has a problem with vacant office buildings, the Rotterdam has come to be revered for its ‘in your face’-boldness.