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.


Pro­gramme: Rotterdam City Centre

  • Explan­a­tions about urb­an devel­op­ment, post-war plan­ning, recent inter­ven­tions
  • Cent­ral Sta­tion (Team CS, 2013)
  • Res­id­en­tial dens­i­fic­a­tion pro­jects in the city centre
  • Shop­ping street Lijn­baan (Van den Broek en Bakema, 1948) and Bijen­korf depart­ment store (Mar­cel Breuer, 1957)
  • Hous­ing and office build­ing Tim­mer­huis (OMA, 2015)
  • Crowd­fun­ded foot­bridge Luchtsin­gel (ZUS, 2016)
  • Cube Houses (Piet Blom, 1984)
  • Mar­ket Hall (MVRDV, 2013)
  • Half-day tour
  • Private groups only!
  • Trans­port: walk­ing
  • Please con­tact us for a quote

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