- Hello lovely readers, I was a bit busy so that’s why I didn’t publish for a while. And now I would like to take you to one of my favorite dutch cities, ” Rotterdam ” !
That morning we wake early and my cousin, Eileen and I took the train.
- Getting out of the train we had to make a quick pit-stop for drink a hot white milk chocolate with whipped cream.
Rotterdam is after Amsterdam’s second largest city in the Netherlands and has great transport links important by the largest seaport in Europe (third largest in the world). Rotterdam has 607 406 inhabitants (as of 1 October 2010), as agglomeration Stadsregio Rotterdam 1.2 million (2006). She is on average two meters below sea level.
The Shipping and Transport College building was completed in 2005 and it is located near the port of Rotterdam. Its unusual form looks like a giant periscope or a stack of containers with a height of nearly 70 m. The complex includes lecture and teaching rooms, media library, workshops, cafeteria, gymnasium and a huge window with great views of the River Maas. The authors of this project are Neutelings Riedijk Architects.
When strolling through Rotterdam I stumbled at this mini-mountain-landscape at the Schouwburgplein. Stunned by these unimaginably beautiful forms, it took me a moment to realize it is an installation by West 8 that is part of the remembering of the 1940 bombing of Rotterdam by the Nazis that killed many and destroyed the whole old city except for the city hall and the church.
“City On Fire/City In Bloom depicts both the burning city and the blossoming of Rotterdam in the aftermath of World War II”, the architect writes. The ‘mountains’ are actually ‘flames’ that represent the fire caused by the German bombing. It is a pity you can’t go inside, the interior space must be amazing!
The installation itself is made of plants that are hung onto nets. “Sixty-four thousand red and purple flowers”, it was written, that they “will literally bloom during the next six week.”
- When we were close by the market we saw a not yet finished imposing building in construction which I now want to tell.
A sustainable combination of food, leisure, living and parking, by MVRDV (MVRDV is a Rotterdam, Netherlands-based architecture and urban design practice founded in 1993.) set to be opened in September 2014, in the center of Rotterdam. This 100.000 m2 project is fully integrated to enhance and use the synergistic possibilities of the different functions, a public building emerging from housing.
An arch of 228 apartments, of which 102 for rent, will create a large hall which houses 100 market stalls, shops and restaurants, 1200 parking spaces and an underground super market. The apartments will all have a balcony on the outside and a window to the inside of the market. Insulation will prevent any unwanted effects. The 40 meter tall and wide opening of the front and back will be covered with a flexible suspended glass facade, allowing for maximum transparency and a minimum of structure. The interior of the arch will display market produce.
And of course we had to do also some shopping and where you can go all out of your mind ?
There are boutique-small and department-store-large places to shop for block after block. One section is a deep slash in the street which leads down to even more shops. The Dutch have a marvelous sense of humor about this particular district. They refer to it as “shopping in the buying gutter.” If you click on the picture, it enlarges so you can see more of the detail. Click again and you will see just how many people are milling around on that upper level!
We had also to pass by Abercrombie & Fitch, we could not just pass along that super-cool shop !
The population of Rotterdam is mixed regarding the origin and the cultural setting. Rotterdam is the only city in the Netherlands, which has the average age of the population decreased after 2000. The reason for this is mainly to immigration from Turkey, Morocco and Surinam.
- We were sitting in a sidewalk cafe/bar, drinking dark beer, and doing a lot of people watching after a brief ramble around town. We chuckled aloud when we saw these racing grannies on motorized carts who went zooming by whilst carrying on a very animated conversation.
When we came in the neighborhood of Blaak station we saw these residence.
Kubuswoningen,(Cube houses) was a controversial project designed by Piet Blom in 1984. It consisted of 38 houses and two large cubes connected together and placed on reinforced concrete columns. The area of each residential apartment was around 100 m2, but it could not be fully utilized because of the sloping angle of the walls. This was the reason why the project had to be later transformed into a hostel.
Kunsthal is a museum in Rotterdam designed by a famous Dutch architect and Pritzker Prize laureate – Rem Koolhaas. This is a unique institution because it does not have its own collections; instead it lives on organizing temporary events and exhibitions.
The interior is planned out around 3 spacious exhibition rooms linked by a system of ramps and slipways, which ensure smooth and easy communication for the public.
The Kunsthal Rotterdam will reveal the astonishing story of women’s shoe design from 1900 to the present during the Spring of 2014. “S.H.O.E.S” – Sexy Heels Or Easy Sandals – will exhibit more than 500 shoes created by celebrated designers such as André Perugia and Salvatore Ferragamo, international “stars” Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin, as well as contemporary and rising young talent. Shoes as genuine, finely fashioned objets d’art, ranging from Victorian boots to seductive slippers and from high heels to futuristic pieces. The unbelievable variety and inventiveness of so many shoe designs is a delight for the eye: the S.H.O.E.S. exhibition is a must-see for anyone with a passion for fashion.
Now I would like to know guys if you’ve never heard about this project;
Didden Village was the first built project in Rotterdam of the renowned Dutch architectural office – MVRDV. It is a very unusual and interesting example of an extension to an existing building. The architects have added a new floor, which included bedrooms for the apartment below. To ensure maximum privacy for the tenants, each bedroom was located in an independent block, which had the shape of a small house. This way the terrace was transformed into a mini “village” with benches and alleys. In order to maintain consistency between the new structure and clearly distinguish it from the old building, all of it was covered with polyurethane in bright blue color.
WOZOCO is another project by MVRDV. This is a residential building for elderly people located in Amsterdam and one of the most published housing projects of its times. Its unusual form is a result of urban policy and planning restrictions, which meant that all the 100 apartments could not fit into a linear building and had to be hanged from its northern elevation.
If you’re planning on visiting Holland yourself to check out these marvelous examples of contemporary architecture there are plenty of good deals on offer. You can find a luxury and affordable guest house, or consider a comfortable Bed and Breakfast. Many low cost late rooms available as well.
From the cube houses we wanted to across the river so we went over The Willems bridge is a cable-stayed bridge across the Nieuwe Maas (English: New Meuse) river, linking the northern and southern halves of the city of Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Here I would like also to give you a tip for a very lovely curious attraction for sightseeing !
You can do this in the city of Rotterdam with an Amfiebus who is just an ordinary bus who can go also in the water.
And that’s very welcome in Rotterdam, because the town is cut in two by the famous and important ” the Maas” Of course there are bridges, tunnels and ferry’s but we never had a bus that could swim across the river.
After having passed the Willems bridge we passed by these incredible graffiti who attract me immediately, and you can see why !
- Ingrid, Eileen and I were a bit hungry at that moment so we decided to have a stop at a fast food in that area.
And we had some non done every day food……….hahaha, in no time we eat these !
Returning to home we had this gorgeous view on the ” Erasmus bridge “, and I still had not seen all of Rotterdam so that I had to promise myself that I will go back !