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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