Rotterdam is known as the architectural capital of the Netherlands. Buildings like the Van Nelle factory, the Sonnveld House Sonneveld and Kiefhoek are examples of the innovative architecture from the period just before the war. The New Building was so named in Rotterdam. After the war, international interest came due to the reconstruction Plan of Van Traa, the Groothandelsgebouw, the Maaskant and Van den Broek en Bakema’s Lijnbaan.
In the 80’s and 90’s, the city’s architecture was even more highlighted by the arrival of Piet Blom’s Cube Houses, Rem Koolhaas’ the Kunsthal and of course, by the establishment of the Dutch Architecture Institute.
With a lot of courage, in the 90s, we saw the old port areas transform into new living and working environments. This is symbolized by the arrival of the Erasmus Bridge in 1996. The former docklands the Kop van Zuid became a part of the city’s centre.
Rotterdam is a place that isn’t afraid to try out big things. Recently, spectacular buildings such as Koolhaas’ the Rotterdam and Timmerhuis, the Market Hall by MVRDV and the new Rotterdam Central have become icons that have been added to our city. But Rotterdam has also seen for smaller-scale interventions, agencies ZUS, Kühne & Co and Mei Architects, have been able to achieve great results with relatively simple means.
Not only is Rotterdam the Netherlands architecture city because of its rich architectural history, also the positive business climate for young and established architects. There is also a lively debate on architecture where players like AIR, ArchiNed, IABR Fresh Concrete and the NAI Booksellers are determining opinion.
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