Architecture, modern, Rotterdam
Gebouw Delftse Poort (Gate of Delft Building) is an office complex consisting of two skyscrapers. The taller tower's (Until May 2009, the highest office in The Netherlands) height is 151 metres and has 41 floors and the shorter tower's height is 93 metres and has 25 floors.
Both towers are built over a 4-storey multifunctional podium which adjoins the Rotterdam central station. The entire complex has 28 elevators. The gross floor area in the complex is 106,000 square metres and the offices occupy 66,000 sq m.
You can watch my 4 min 46 sec Video Rotterdam part 2 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
The biggest public library in the Netherlands is located on Binnenroute.The building has six floors and is truly eye-catching. Take the escalator up and look out over the city through the massive windows.
The striking yellow pipes on the outside, which supply fresh air to the building, are reminiscent on the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Every Tuesday and Saturday, Binnenroute is transformed into the biggest market in Rotterdam. You can find a wide variety of goods here, from fresh vegetables and fish to secondhand shoes and handy tools.
Arriving in Rotterdam by train, you are directly confronted with the high rise buildings of the city.
From the platfroms you will have even the first view at the highest building of the city, the so-called Delftse Poort. This building of 42 floors, designed by architect A. Bonnema and finished in 1991, is 151.35m high (with antenne 164m.). This building, housing the headquarters of the Nationale Nederlanden insurance company, is not only the highest building of Rotterdam, but also of the Netherlands. In 2004 it has been selected by the 'Foundation Hoogbouw' as the best skyscraper of the Netherlands. (Picture 1)
The second highest building of Rotterdam Montevideo having 43 floors is 139.5m high (with the 'M' at top 152.31m). This one is designed by Mecanoo Architects and finished in 2005. Montevideo with apartments and offices stands at the Kop of Zuid, besides the Hotel New York. (Picture 2)
The third highest building is the Milleniumtower of 131.85m. (with mast 149m.) of 34 floors, built in 2000. This building stands opposite the Central Railwaystation. (Picture 3)
World Port Center
The fourth highest building is the World Port Center at the Kop of Zuid close to Montevideo and Hotel New York with 123.06m (with mast 138m.), built in 2000. (Picture 4).
Fondest memory: It was special to sleep in the Westin hotel in the Millenium Tower, one of three highest buildings of Rotterdam, during my visit in summer 2006. The Millenium Tower is also called a look-a-like of the Empire State Building in NYC, as Rotterdam is called Manhattan on the Maas.
Rotterdam has much to offer in the field of architecture and urban development. Examples are the modern and innovative architecture, like the Cube houses, the Kunsthal and the Erasmus Bridge and the recent developments in the Kop van Zuid.
There are guided excursions by bus, bike or on foot along the highlights, but you can walk yourself as well. From the water the modern skyline of Rotterdam is quite spectacular. That's why Rotterdam is called 'Manhattan on the Maas'.
In 2007 Rotterdam will be City of Architecture with several events, expositions and lectures.
Walk a lot , explore the city and discover the gems. Rotterdam is the world's capital on modern architecture and will welcome you with a variety of styles and buildings. Look out for the most beautiful ones and pick you favourite. Even if you hate modern architecture, you will have fun finding the old buildings which offer a nice contrast to the older ones. Try it at night and let yourself impress by the diversity of this city.
Fondest memory: When I think of Rotterdam, I think of summer nights. Every night had its kind of magic: Summer carnival, walking around skyscrapers by night or just finishing the day in a nice "eetcafé" with a good meal and some dutch beer. The city has so many faces and is so full of life. It never becomes boring because just around the corner may be something you never expected.
Favorite thing: People in Rotterdam really like to give names to the buildings. This one on the picture is called "the pencil", it's easy to guess that name comes from the pencil-like shape of the building.
Favorite thing: If it has skyscrapers it must have 5th Avenue. People of Rotterdam like to give nicknames to their streets and buildings, therefore Lijnbaan shopping street is called 5th Avenue. First opened in 1953 it was the only car-free shopping street in Europe.
Rotterdam is 650 years, but since it was destroyed during the WWII it doesn't have that many old buildings. The city center was rebuilt completely during the last 5 decades.
On the picture you see the highest office building in the Netherlands, it is 151 meters high.
Favorite thing: Since Rotterdam called "Manhatten on the Maas" it must have its own Empire State Building. And it does have one. The 132 meters high Millenium building is the proof. In the building, the bottom 12 floors are a luxury 5star hotel, the rest are offices. Arriving to Rotterdam by train you won't miss the Millenium Tower, which is located right infront of the Central Station
Favorite thing: By the early nineteen-eighties, urban designers and planners had developed an appreciation for local historical structure as a point of departure for designing new housing developments. In the transformation of the formerly horticultural Prinsenland area into a residential area, three existing main roads with gardens and greenery determined the design. The interest in landscape structures has also prompted the reevaluation of the Maas riverbanks and the former docklands as attractive residental locations for various target groups. The old dock basin topography survives in housing plans made for the redevelopment of former city docklands, such as the Drinkwaterleiding (‘waterworks’) Site, the former docks in Kop van Zuid and the Müllerpier docks. Rotterdam regards the former docks as vital city areas that can be made into outstanding urban residential areas by the integration of housing with local employment and facilities.
Favorite thing: By the nineteen-seventies, Rotterdam citizens grew increasingly critical of their city center. The center was too Spartan and impersonal, and planning concentrated excessively on main road improvements and the wholesale demolition of centrally located housing areas. A new wind started blowing in 1974 after the election of a different city administration. The chief doctrines of this new policy were to enliven and compact the city center by building small-scale, high-density housing, integrated with urban functions such as shops, restaurants and other business facilities. The city appointed young architects from other cities, such as the anarchistic Piet Blom, to put these aims into effect. The upshot of the city government’s aspiration to liven up the inner city was the ‘Miniature Volendam’ on the former Heliport Site, the dwellings with terraces overlooking the waterway of Delftsevaart and the Cube Houses built over the Blaak.
Favorite thing: Is it the real inner face of Rotterdam? Maybe... but we started from this modern and partially futuristic side of the city, which makes the latter very unlike other Dutch cities... looking at those I had a mixed feeling of being in London and seeing Lloyd's topsy torvey communications or being back home discovering some newly built strange looking apartment building.....
Favorite thing: This modern architecture is everywhere in the city.... I was just facinated by the view of this one... while the bell on the colomn was chiming the time, I decided to take a pic, pity I can't attached the sound to it, was really great!
Take a lift to the Euromast. The view from the top is just fantastic.
Fondest memory: The embankments are spectacular and they seem never to end. They are beautiful both at daytime and at night.