High­lights of Post-War Mod­ern­ism

The his­tor­ic centre of Rotterdam was com­pletely des­troyed in World War II and rebuilt after the war, based on a mod­ern­ist urb­an plan.

After the war, Cor­nel­is van Traa designed the fam­ous Basic Plan for the Recon­struc­tion of Rotterdam. The entire city centre was con­struc­ted accord­ing to this two-dimen­sion­al urb­an plan.

At the time, author­it­ies and plan­ners were both con­vinced that Rotterdam needed a fresh start — also in archi­tec­tur­al terms. This approach turned the city into the Dutch cap­it­al of post-war mod­ern­ism, fea­tur­ing many remark­able build­ings from the 1950s and 1960s. In recent years, these high­lights of post-war archi­tec­ture get more and more recog­ni­tion. Since 1999, 26 of them are lis­ted as nation­al her­it­age sites, while oth­ers have been integ­rated into new devel­op­ments.

On this tour we’ll take you on a walk along sev­er­al prime examples of post-war archi­tec­ture and explain about their his­tor­ic­al con­text as well as their cur­rent rel­ev­ance.


Pro­gramme: High­lights of Post-War Mod­ern­ism

  • Explan­a­tions about the recon­struc­tion of Rotterdam
  • Groothan­dels­ge­bouw (Maaskant en Van Tijen, 1953)
  • Cent­ral Post (Kraaijvanger, 1959 / Claus en Kaan, 2008)
  • Hilton Hotel (Hugh Maaskant, 1963)
  • Tech­nikon and Akragon (Hugh Maaskant, 1956–1970)
  • Con­cert hall De Doelen (Kraaijvanger, 1966) row houses by vari­ous archi­tects (2013–2015)
  • Lijn­baan­hoven (Hugh Maaskant, 1955) and ped­es­tri­an zone Lijn­baan (Van den Broek en Bakema, 1953)
  • Depart­ment Store Bijen­korf (Mar­cel Breuer, 1957) with sculp­ture by Naum Gabo
  • Domin­i­cusk­erk (Kraaijvanger Archi­tec­ten, 1960)
  • Indus­triege­bouw (Maaskant en Van Tijen, 1951)
  • Half-day tour
  • Private groups only!
  • Trans­port: walk­ing, bike
  • Please con­tact us for a quote

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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.