Kop van Zuid and Katendrecht

Amsterdam is a city with a har­bour, Rotterdam is a har­bour with a city”, goes a pop­u­lar say­ing. How­ever, the port of Rotterdam has been shift­ing away from the city for sev­er­al dec­ades, leav­ing behind half-deser­ted areas close to the centre. These urb­an gaps offer spa­tial poten­tial which is used in dif­fer­ent ways: the urb­an­ist approach var­ies from rad­ic­al top­down rein­ven­tion to more gradu­al bot­tom-up trans­itions.


The Erasmus bridge, new icon of chan­ging Rotterdam, leads to Kop van Zuid, a former har­bour area. The devel­op­ments on the south bank finally give a cent­ral pos­i­tion to the river Maas with­in the city. Now the pro­ject is near­ing com­ple­tion, and gentri­fic­a­tion is extend­ing to the adjoin­ing Katendrecht pen­in­sula, which used to be the red light dis­trict of Rotterdam.

On this tour you’ll vis­it the har­bour con­ver­sion area with its mix of old ware­houses and res­id­en­tial highrises as well as self-build pro­jects in a gentri­fic­a­tion area.


Pro­gramme: Kop van Zuid and Katendrecht

  • Explan­a­tions about his­tory and future of the trans­formed har­bour pen­in­sula
  • Erasmus bridge (UNStu­dio, 1996)
  • Hous­ing Landtong (Frits van Don­gen / de Architek­tenCie, 2003), Hous­ing Stad­stu­in­en (KCAP, 2003)
  • Wil­helmin­api­er, incl. De Rotterdam (OMA, 2013), Luxor Theatre (Bolles & Wilson, 2000), highrise New Orleans (Alvaro Siza, 2010), ware­house Las Pal­mas (Van den Broek en Bakema, 1953 / Ben­them Crouwel, 2010), cruise ter­min­al (Van den Broek en Bakema, 1948), warehouse/hotel Pakhuis­meester­en (1941/AWG, 2018)
  • Walk across Rijn­haven bridge (Quist Win­ter­mans, 2014) to Katendrecht
  • Fenix Lofts (Mei Archi­tects, 2019)
  • Privately developed row houses by vari­ous archi­tects (2013–2015)
  • 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.