City Har­bours in Trans­form­a­tion

The har­bour of Rotterdam moved sev­er­al times through­out the cen­tur­ies, look­ing for places which could accom­mod­ate its growth as well as the increas­ing size of ships. In the 1930s, new har­bour exten­sions were cre­ated on the north­ern shore in the west of the city. Most of the area served as fruit har­bour, where e.g. the orange juice sup­ply for the entire European hin­ter­land used to be trans­shipped.

In recent years, these har­bour activ­it­ies have star­ted to move even fur­ther west, closer to the North Sea. The Mer­we- and Vier­havens area is gradu­ally chan­ging its char­ac­ter, trans­form­ing from har­bour to cre­at­ive breed­ing ground. Many cre­at­ive com­pan­ies have settled in former har­bour build­ings. The muni­cip­al­ity pro­motes this devel­op­ment and facil­it­ates exper­i­ment­al pro­jects in the area. The M4H-area counts sev­er­al remark­able monu­ment­al build­ings, such as fact­ory build­ing HAKA and the Cit­rus Auc­tion, but also offers space for exper­i­ments, such as the world’s first float­ing farm.

Explore a har­bour area in full trans­ition, hous­ing port func­tions as well as maker spaces, cre­at­ive com­pan­ies and urb­an garden­ing pro­jects!


Pro­gramme: City Har­bours in Trans­form­a­tion

  • Europoint Towers (SOM, 1975): 3 office towers, partly being trans­formed into hous­ing
  • Roof park, dyke and shop­ping centre Dak­park (Sant en Co, 2014)
  • Fact­ory build­ing HAKA (H.F. Mer­tens, 1932 / Wessel de Jonge, 2018)
  • Keile­pand (M. Brink­man, 1922 / Group A, 2016): ware­house, trans­formed into archi­tec­ture offices
  • Food Garden M4H (Lola Land­scape)
  • Auc­tion house Cit­rus­veil­ing (H. Maaskant, 1955)
  • Float­ing Farm
  • Half-day tour
  • Private groups only!
  • Trans­port: walk­ing, bike, bus, pub­lic trans­port
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Your health is our top priority! Our tours take place in the open air, with 1,50 metre safety distance between participants and max. 15 participants per guide. A user-friendly and hygienic audioguide system is available and can be used with your own headphones.