Leaving old Rotterdam was exciting to come back to a modern "skyline city". I left Rotterdam on the move to Luzern, Switzerland. And returned to Holland to The Hague.
When one day I visited Rotterdam in a sudden way I was stunned to see all the high buildings. Rotterdam had the first skyline of the Netherlands, and when coming to Rotterdam by train you'll already be in the midst of Skyline-city. The best view at on of the skylines is along the huge river of Maas. Worth a trip !!!
This articifical lake is a popular recreation area in the busy city of Rotterdam. Away from the city center, it is in a quiet environment. People walking their dogs, joggers, skaters, soccer players or just people going out for a small walk: They all can be seen here. During summertime, people making barbecues or just sitting on the lawn are a common sight. For children, there’s a small peeting zoo at the northeastern corner. To the east, you fill find some restaurants and two windmills. All in all, a nice place.
As Rotterdam is a big city there is too much to see and to do to list here.
Please check Rotterdam start page before you go.
I've added an overview with the major landmarks.
The office complex 'Wilhelminahof' was put into use in the fall of 1996. The complex, with the surface area of 120,000m² that was officially opened on 3 April 1997, consists of a courthouse with 14 courtrooms for the district court and the subdistrict court, offices for the judiciary, a complex of buildings accommodating the customs offices, the tax-collection offices, and offices for the private market. The Govenment Building Agency renting 70,000m² is the most important lessee of the 'Wilheminahof'. As the capacity of the courthouse is already insufficient, an extension to the office complex, the 6,000m²-large Rijnhaven building, will be erected to accommodate, among other things, cases that attract wide publicity.
The 'Wilhelminahof' was designed by the architectural firms of Cees Dam & Partners (the 'Comb' building), Kraaijvanger Urbis (courthouse and Rijnhaven building), and Zwarts & Jansma (metro station Wilhelminaplein). The 100-metre tall Wilhelmina tower designed by Cees Dam was completed by the end of 1997. This office tower is the first one on the Kop van Zuid that was entirely developed for the market. Behind the office complex 'Wilhelminahof', along the Laan op Zuid, the construction of the Ichthus Hogeschool started in June 1998. The year 1999 will also witness the construction of an office accommodation for the Sociale Verzekeringsbank (SVB).
The development of Stadstuinen, a residential district with attractive owner-occupied and rented housing, wide avenues, and a central green area started in 1997. In the course of a continuous building process lasting over two years, 918 residences (apartments, single-family houses, studios, and shops) will be built. At the Vuurplaat there are 170 dwellings for rent designed for the elderly. The first portion of single-family houses was completed in the fall of 1998. Stadstuinen will also have its primary school 'De Pijler' (already operational), retail and business spaces.
Entrepot is an attractive residential environment with atmosphere which offers a number of recreational possibilities. The redevelopment of the monumental Entrepot building commenced at the end of 1995. In this former warehouse called 'The Five Continents' dating from 1879 the following functions have been realised: 107 lofts and maisonettes, 2,000 m² office space, and the 'World Market' owned by the Konmar store chain which, by offering a wide range of 'goods from faraway countries', focuses on recreational shopping (fun shopping). Various interior design shops, companies, and restaurants are located in and in the vicinity of the Entrepot building too.
The Entrepot building, the boulevard, and the marina with the capacity of 120 boats have been put into use in stages since mid-1997. Also in other parts of the Kop van Zuid residential projects are under construction. Along the Vuurplaat, a cross connection between the districts Afrikaanderwijk and Feijenoord, 171 owner-occupied and rented houses, a neighbourhood shopping centre with 2,000m² retail, and a car park have been built. In the same district the primary school 'De Wissel' with two gymnasiums has been realised. The Albeda College, a school for upper secondary vocational education (20,000m²), was built in the Rosestraat. It has been operational since 1997.
In th elate 1970s, J. Verhoeven designed 584 homes on the former Heliport Site on Hofdijk. Characteristic features are the dwellings' pitched roofs and the continuous gallery at second-floor level, which links all the courtyards, open spaces and dwellings.
Architect: J. Verhoeven
De Peperklip is an almost completely closed block grouped around an inner courtyard. The building comprises 76 HVAT units (small flats for young people), 191 three-bedroom apartments, 134 four-bedroom apartments, 148 five-bedroom appartments and 14 apartments for disabled occupants. The facade units are clad in small square tiles in six different colours.
Architect: C.J.M. Weeber
Characteristic of Ommoord is its strict division into high-rise and low-rise areas. The high-rise housing is located at the center of the district together with a shopping center and the social and cultural amenities. The middle portion is made up of varying allotment patterns, including articulated, straight and tower blocks.
Urban designer: L. Stam-Beese
Hoogvliet, a satellite town near Rotterdam, is divided into seven districts of approximately 3,000 homes each, arranged radially around the center and seperated by green areas. Each district was detailed by different designers from the Rotterdam Town Development and Reconstruction Department.
Urban designer: H.C. Milius
The Afrikaanderwijk terminates in the Hillekop housing project, consisting of a fan-shaped tower, a meandering medium-rise builing and a L-shaped volume inserted into an existing block of buildings. The project has a total of 186 public sector dwellings, several cafés and a community center.
Müllerpier forms part of a large urban redevelopment zone around the basins Parkhaven, St. Jobshaven and Schiehaven, and lies between the city center and Delfshaven. The use of different dwelling types, construction types, heights and orientations results in an architectural collage. The buildings were designed by different architecture firms. The architectural design was put in place along with the urban plan.
Urban designer: Kees Christiaanse
The urban plan by T. Koolhaas of 1987, comprises roughly 4,500 dwellings, 335,000 m2 of office space, 35,000 m2 for recreational and cultural amenities and 3,500 m2 of commercial space. The Wilhelminapier is mainly used for office blocks. The largely filled-in basin of Spoorweghaven and the adjacent quay area have a residential function.
Urban designer: T. Koolhaas
The urban plan for Prinsenland comprises rouphly 5,000 dwellings distributed over four neighbourhoods plus a park, an elongated lake and an additional main access road. The existing ribbon development was incorporated into the new plan. The designers aimed to create a varied district with ample greenery, a district with the character of a garden city.
Urban designers: J.H. Jonker & F. Palmboom, in collaboration with R. Bakker, M. Pemmerlaar, J. Schrijnen, C. van de Graaf, E. Meulema and R. Zee
On the Landtong 625 owner-occupied and rented houses, over 1,000 m2 business space, 328 roofed parking spaces, a sports accommodation, and a cr?che have been realised. The building plan for Landtong consists of two residential blocks flanking a public square where a light object will be placed in memory of Loods 24. Thousands of Jews were transported from this storehouse to concentration camps.