Smart Insights: Rotterdam’s iconic architecture and beyond

On Saturday, I spent a day in Rotterdam and was fascinated by this innovative, vibrant and diverse city and its iconic architecture. As I got there by train, I was immediately impressed by its Central Station which features a state-of-the-art underground bike parking facility with more than 5,000 parking spaces, most of them free of charge. It also has a bike repair shop, bike share rental, guarded parking spaces and lockers.

A varied architectural landscape

When I went to Rotterdam, I was particularly excited about visiting its new Market Hall. This landmark is a great example of how to combine food, art and architecture and also integrates apartments and offices. It also reminded me that such a market hall was missing in Vienna.

What i liked most about Rotterdam was its varied architectural landscape, with the elegant Erasmus Bridge, the colossal De Rotterdam building, the iconic Cube Houses or the diverse Kop van Zuid waterfront as some highlights. In terms of innovative and transformative projects, Luchtsingel pedestrian bridge was crowdfunded, connects three districts and makes even a cloudy day look bright thanks to its yellow wooden structure!

Also apart from its modern architectural masterpieces, Rotterdam has plenty of interesting architecture to offer. Moreover, it is home to Lijnbaan, Europe‘s first pedestrianised street, as well as Het Park with the Euromast Tower and other beautiful green spaces (and lots of green light rail tracks!).

Places for people

Rotterdam also has a nice waterfront with beautiful views of the water and the city’s varied architectural landscape. I particularly enjoyed walking through Rotterdam‘s Kop van Zuid neighbourhood with its mix of mid-rise and high-rise buildings, in particular the gorgeous Hotel New York and the fascinating Montevideo highrise!

Finally, what makes a city interesting? People! It was great to see such lively streetscapes, beautiful waterfront places and diverse public spaces in Rotterdam!

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