Rotterdam City Centre

Rotterdam is a har­bour city with rough charm and a spark­ling sky­line. The city first gained import­ance in the 19th cen­tury, when its har­bour grew expo­nen­tially within just a few dec­ades. In World War II, the city centre of Rotterdam was com­pletely des­troyed. What remained was a city without a heart, in whose fab­ric the fire bound­ary of 1940 is still vis­ible today. After the war, city plan­ners saw the res­ult­ing tab­ula rasa as a chance to real­ize a mod­ern­ist city cen­ter with a rad­ical sep­ar­a­tion of functions. 

In recent years, the city has attrac­ted inter­na­tional atten­tion, due to its partly still unused urban poten­tial and to its iconic new build­ings. The city centre of Rotterdam fea­tures mod­ern­ist clas­sics as well as recent inter­ven­tions by archi­tects like MVRDV and OMA.

Let one of our Guid­ing Archi­tects show you the city centre from an archi­tect’s per­spect­ive. We’ll explain about post-war urban plan­ning, dens­i­fic­a­tion and cur­rent challenges.

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