“A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.” ― Frank Lloyd Wright
Rotterdam was one of the cities severely damaged during World War II. On May 14, 1940 a bombing blitz destroyed almost the entire city core, and along with it, much of Rotterdam’s historical architecture.
With so much destroyed, it seemed the city became a blank slate for architects. Rather than try to rebuild what was lost, Rotterdam chose to move to the next age. The city is burgeoning with modern, edgy architectural designs. Some, like the cube houses are weird and fun, although I can’t imagine living in one. Some are just weird …Apparently it is in the shape of the number one … personally, I think it looks like a periscope and one of the less attractive buildings in the Rotterdam skyline. It is the Shipping and Transport College.
The centre building in this photo by my brother-in-law is the unfinished De Rotterdam – hotel, commercial space, government offices and residential – 44 storeys. The shorter building on the left is the KPN Telecom Building, which looks like it is being propped up …
I haven’t been able to identify the next building, photo by my husband … any one know?
Below we have, on the left, the World Port Centre – commercial and conferencing space – 33 storeys. The skyscraper on the right is The Montevideo – residential, offices, and restaurant – 43 storeys. The older building in the lower part of the photo is the staid, old Holland America Building, now Hotel New York.
I liked the look of this last one – I wonder what the projected, orange parts of the building house? I couldn’t identify this one either – more info would be welcome.
I wish I’d had time to just concentrate on the city’s architecture because much of it is very imaginative. To see more go here.
If I wrongly identified any buildings, please correct me 😉
Ailsa’s travel theme is: Architecture