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.

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Programme: Highlights of Post-War Modernism

  • Expla­na­tions about the recon­struc­tion of Rotterdam

  • Mul­ti-ten­ant build­ing Groothandels­ge­bouw (Maaskant en Van Tijen, 1953)
  • Cen­tral Post (Kraai­j­vanger, 1959 / Claus en Kaan, 2008)
  • Hilton Hotel (Hugh Maaskant, 1963)
  • School build­ings 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
  • St. Domini­cus church (Kraai­j­vanger Archi­tecten, 1960)
  • Mul­ti-ten­ant build­ing Indus­triege­bouw (Maaskant en Van Tijen, 1951)

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