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MVRDV Breaks Ground on Reflective Public Art Depot in Rotterdam

06:00 - 20 March, 2017
MVRDV Breaks Ground on Reflective Public Art Depot in Rotterdam, © MVRDV
© MVRDV

MVRDV’s public Art Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen has broken ground on the northern edge of Rotterdam’s Museumpark in the heart of the city’s cultural campus. The 15,000-square-meter reflective vessel will store the esteemed collection of over 70,000 art and design objects, adding a new cultural landmark to join the nearby Kunsthal, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Chabot Museum and Sonneveld House.

Officially breaking ground this past Friday, the BREEAM Excellent-planned “Collection Building” will combine restoration facilities, exhibition spaces, offices, logistics, a bar, restaurant, public roof terrace and private collectors facilities alongside a specially commissioned atrium that will allow visitors to experience 90% of the collection, including artworks in storage.

Matryoshka House / Shift Architecture Urbanism

03:00 - 17 March, 2017
Matryoshka House / Shift Architecture Urbanism, © NoortjeKnulst
© NoortjeKnulst

© NoortjeKnulst © NoortjeKnulst © NoortjeKnulst © NoortjeKnulst +17

Casa Kwantes / MVRDV

09:30 - 13 March, 2017
Casa Kwantes / MVRDV, © Ossip van Duivenbode
© Ossip van Duivenbode

© Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries, Frans de Witte, Herman Gaarman, Arjen Ketting and Brygida Zawadzka
  • Area

    480.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

skinnySCAR / Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman

05:00 - 20 February, 2017
skinnySCAR / Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman, Courtesy of Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman
Courtesy of Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman

Courtesy of Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman Courtesy of Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman Courtesy of Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman Courtesy of Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman +37

De Bank / KAAN Architecten

02:00 - 6 January, 2017
De Bank / KAAN Architecten, © Simone Bossi
© Simone Bossi

© Simone Bossi © Simone Bossi © Simone Bossi © Simone Bossi +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Boompjes 255, 3011 XZ Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen, Dikkie Scipio
  • Area

    1400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Polak Building / Paul de Ruiter Architects

03:00 - 2 January, 2017
Polak Building / Paul de Ruiter Architects, © Tim Van de Velde
© Tim Van de Velde

© Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde +21

The Dream Factory / Studio Roosegaarde

13:00 - 19 December, 2016
The Dream Factory / Studio Roosegaarde, © Willem de Kam
© Willem de Kam

© Willem de Kam © Willem de Kam © Willem de Kam © Willem de Kam +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Daan Roosegaarde
  • Area

    1000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

OMA’s Masterplan for Feyenoord City in Rotterdam Approved

10:02 - 30 November, 2016
OMA’s Masterplan for Feyenoord City in Rotterdam Approved , View from Water. Image © OMA
View from Water. Image © OMA

OMA has released images of their masterplan for Feyenoord City, Rotterdam, after the plan was approved by city’s mayor and alderman. Developed for the Feyenoord football club, the project will consist of a redeveloped mixed-use district centered around a new 63,000 seat stadium for the team located along the Maas River.

Feyenoord City Bird's-Eye View. Image © OMA Feyenoord City Bird's-Eye View. Image © OMA View - Kuip North. Image © OMA Stadium - Varkenoordseviaduct. Image © OMA +9

Rehabilitation of Netherlands Complex Wins World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize 2016

06:00 - 9 November, 2016
Rehabilitation of Netherlands Complex Wins World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize 2016, © Molenaar & Co. architecten/Bas Kooij
© Molenaar & Co. architecten/Bas Kooij

Molenaar & Co architecten (Rotterdam), Hebly Theunissen architecten (Delft), and landscape architect Michael van Gessel (Amsterdam) have won the 2016 World Monuments Fund/ Knoll Modernism Prize for the preservation and rehabilitation of the Justus van Effen complex in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Originally designed by Michiel Brinkman in 1919-1921 and completed in 1922, the Justus van Effen complex is a strong example of the ideals embodied in the modern movement, particularly with its use of an elevated “street” as a means of facilitating social cohesion, which became very influential for subsequent generations of designers. 

© Healy Theunissen architecten © Molenaar & Co. architecten/Bas Kooij © Molenaar & Co. architecten/Bas Kooij © Molenaar & Co. architecten/Bas Kooij +13

De Gouverneur / Architectuur MAKEN

05:00 - 1 October, 2016
De Gouverneur / Architectuur MAKEN, © Ossip van Duivenbode
© Ossip van Duivenbode

© Ossip van Duivenbode Courtesy of architectuur MAKEN © Ossip van Duivenbode Courtesy of architectuur MAKEN +19

De Rotterdam Suite / 123DV

15:00 - 29 September, 2016
De Rotterdam Suite / 123DV, © Hannah Anthonysz 
© Hannah Anthonysz 

© Hannah Anthonysz  © Hannah Anthonysz  © Hannah Anthonysz  © Hannah Anthonysz  +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Samaneh Rezvani, Liong Lie, Silke Roerig, Rajiv Sewtahal, Jasper Polak  
  • Area

    250.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Review: "REM" – A Retroactive, Redacted Study of the World’s Greatest Living Architect

11:15 - 14 September, 2016
Review: "REM" – A Retroactive, Redacted Study of the World’s Greatest Living Architect, Rem Koolhaas, the eponymous protagonist of "REM". Image © Tomas Koolhaas
Rem Koolhaas, the eponymous protagonist of "REM". Image © Tomas Koolhaas

In the canon of great Dutch architects sit a number of renowned practitioners, from Berlage to Van Berkel. Based on influence alone, Rem Koolhaas—the grandson of architect Dirk Roosenburg and son of author and thinker Anton Koolhaas—stands above all others and has, over the course of a career spanning four decades, sought to redefine the role of the architect from a regional autarch to a globally-active shaper of worlds – be they real or imagined. A new film conceived and produced by Tomas Koolhaas, the LA-based son of its eponymous protagonist, attempts to biographically represent the work of OMA by “expos[ing] the human experience of [its] architecture through dynamic film.” No tall order.

Mark – a homeless man, filmed in Seattle Public Library (USA). Image © Tomas Koolhaas CCTV (China). Image © Tomas Koolhaas De Rotterdam (The Netherlands). Image © Tomas Koolhaas Seattle Public Library (USA). Image © Tomas Koolhaas +17

Nidera Trade Company / Fokkema & Partners

05:00 - 27 August, 2016
Nidera Trade Company / Fokkema & Partners, © Horizon Photoworks
© Horizon Photoworks

© Horizon Photoworks © Horizon Photoworks © Horizon Photoworks © Horizon Photoworks +23

UN Studio Announces 20th Anniversary Exhibition of Erasmus Bridge, New Book and App

14:00 - 26 August, 2016
UN Studio Announces 20th Anniversary Exhibition of Erasmus Bridge, New Book and App, © flickr user lukeprice88. Licensed under CC BY 2.0
© flickr user lukeprice88. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

Marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of their iconic Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, UN Studio, along with the Kunsthal and Heerema Group, have organized an exhibition demonstrating “the many and varied ways that the bridge has been embraced by the public and become a symbol of the city of Rotterdam.”

MVRDV House / MVRDV

12:58 - 18 July, 2016
MVRDV House / MVRDV, © Ossip van Duivenbode
© Ossip van Duivenbode

© Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries with Herman Gaarman, Emilie Koch, Elien Deceuninck and Jun Xiang Zhang
  • Area

    2400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

ZigZagCity 2016

11:00 - 13 June, 2016
ZigZagCity 2016, ZigZagCity 2016 ©Ossip van Duivenbode
ZigZagCity 2016 ©Ossip van Duivenbode

Experience MVRDV's "The Stairs" in Rotterdam with #donotsettle

16:00 - 24 May, 2016

In the newest video by architects Wahyu Pratomo and Kris Provoost of YouTube’s #donotsettle, the duo visit MVRDV’s "The Stairs" installed outside Centraal Station in Rotterdam. The project commemorates the 75th anniversary of the city’s reconstruction after World War II by devising the staircase now attached to the Groot Handelsgebouw, a landmark and one of Rotterdam’s first post-war buildings. In the video, Pratomo and Provoost discuss the idea of temporariness, experience-driven architecture, context, and symbolism inspired by MVRDV’s intervention, all the while asking other visitors for their own reactions to the spectacle.  

MVRDV Unveil Monumental Urban Staircase in the Center of Rotterdam

15:01 - 16 May, 2016
MVRDV Unveil Monumental Urban Staircase in the Center of Rotterdam, The Staircase on Stationsplein, Rotterdam by MVRDV.. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
The Staircase on Stationsplein, Rotterdam by MVRDV.. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

A little over a month since Rotterdam-based practice MVRDV announced a new temporary urban structure—a 180-step staircase, 29 meters tall and 57 meters long—for the heart of city of Rotterdam, the project has been officially opened. Those who ascend the staircase will find a temporary observation deck looking over Rotterdam Centraal, a rooftop bar, and the temporary reopening of the Kriterion cinema that was last active in the 1960s.