Rotterdam - Amsterdam
Rotterdam: Urban and residential development is moving fast in Europe’s largest port
Rotterdam is Europe’s answer to New York: skyscrapers line the waterfront, standing alongside historic properties and the city’s urban plan is characterised by it having been virtually rebuilt since World War II – Rotterdam was bombed to pieces during the war. Rotterdam is also the centre for Europe’s largest port, with many of the city’s latest projects located around the harbour area: these include innovative residential projects in former industrial buildings and recreational areas.
The Municipality of Rotterdam is perhaps one of Europe’s most innovative, in that it is good at acting quickly and noting that new buildings do not necessarily need to remain standing for 300 years. Last but not least, the city is home to a small handful of the world-famous Dutch architects who have made a fantastic mark on the city. You’ll note that the Dutch are not burdened by traditions, but think experimentally and without pretensions.
Call us if you would like to hear more about a visitor program to Rotterdam. The programs are especially relevant to municipalities, architectural studios and developers, and allow you to go ‘behind-the-scenes’ every step of the way.
Highlights from the program:
Visit to a world-famous architectural studio responsible for designing two of the city’s landmarks. Introduction to their many international projects, plus a guided tour of their latest project for an art collection storage.
Transformation of the waterfront: innovative residential project comprising around 300 apartments, where the design studio is also the property developer and has developed the placement of walls in the apartments individually according to the buyer’s wishes, for instance (MIPIM award 2018)
Visit to a private apartment in a housing estate designed by the architectural studio OMA
Visit to a private apartment in Markthalle, designed by MVRDV
Urban development: Bike ride from Rotterdam Central Station to the new district along the former railway – a la High Line Park in New York – to OMA’s skyscrapers along the harbour
Transformation of the harbour: urban spaces, creative businesses and recreational areas
Visit to Rotterdam City Hall, urban planning
Number of days: 2 days
Ideal for combining with one day in Amsterdam (total of 3 days).