Urban Playground Rotterdam
Rotterdam is the second biggest city of the Netherlands and hosts the biggest port in Europe. The city is quite industrial with a lot of brick, steal, glass and weathered wood. One approach to make the city more human and competitive was to install major urban design projects and modern architecture.
In the very center next to the central station is the crowdfunded Luchtsingel bridge done by the Rotterdam based studio ZUS. It connects Rotterdam North to the center and was installed to revitalize a forgotten area. Parts of the city were abandoned for years and ZUS describes it as a catalyst for economic growth but it is also very much fun to just hover between the industrial skyscrapers and explore the city. Following the yellow bridge to the creative district of Schieblock you should definitely visit the organic food restaurant OP HET DAK. It is a rooftop restaurant with its own garden in which you can directly try their delicious & organic dishes.
Right outside in front of the new Markthal are the cubic houses designed by Piet Blom in 1974. Each house represents a tree and together they form "a forest in the city". The actual apartments are hexagon-shaped pylons and are made for private households. In the courtyard you can find cafes, small nail design shops and locals sitting and chatting. As it is private living space to inhabitants you should be respectful and reserved to people and environment there.
If you like modern architecture and feel like shopping the Markthal Rotterdam is your place. The Markthal was just finished end 2014 and has an impressive concept of an mural roof painting. The mural artwork inside was done by the Artist Arno Coenen and is over 11.000 square meters large
With its edgy and raw industrial flair combined with colorful installations and modern, sometimes surreal architecture Rotterdam feels like an urban playground, waiting to be explored and challenged and is definitely a hotspot for creatives in Europe.
© Copyright Philipp Nottelmann 2017. All Photos are taken by Nottelmann - Visual Identity.