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, which has become known as the Makers District. The 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!
Europoint Towers: transformation of 3 office towers into housing (SOM, 1975 / Diederen Dirrix, 2018)
Roof park, dike and shopping centre Dakpark (Sant en Co, 2014)