De Rotterdam Towers
A building is not just a place to be but a way to be. (Frank Lloyd Wright)
A new icon to the city, De Rotterdam was created to be a vertical city with three towers that accommodates livings (apartments), work (offices and conference facilities), and leisure (restaurants, hotel, shops). It was designed by Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), an architecture company founded by a Dutch notable architect Rem Koolhaas (and yes, he is a Rotterdammer!). De Rotterdam building project started in 1997 and finished in 2013. The building is recently received an award as the best tall buildings in Europe for 2014 from CTBUH. Figures of the building can be read in The Skyscraper Center.
Last Sunday I had the opportunity to join a tour of the building, as one of activities during the Rotterdam’s World Port Days. The tour took one hour, and we had a chance to visit several areas inside of the building. The building consists of three towers that connected to each other. The Mid and East Towers are aimed for offices.
The West Tower will be used for apartments and penthouses. The front view of this building is facing to Maas River and Erasmus Bridge with the east part view to Noordereiland (a small island in the middle of Maas River). Meanwhile on the south side of the building is facing to Rijnhaven, an old port where Solar-Powered Floating Pavilion located. This pavilion looks alike half bubble floating on the water. It was built as the first pilot project for climate change-proof architecture.
A Spanish chain hotel Nhow is now located in one of De Rotterdam Towers. It has 278 rooms and meeting rooms, and restaurant with an open area on the seventh floor. It has modern design and each room has really nice windows view. The cheapest room cost around 120 Euro per night. It’s not for free obviously.
The New York Times and the Rough Guides have included Rotterdam as top ten places to visit in 2014. The NY article called Rotterdam as the first-class architecture in the Netherlands’ second city. Without a doubt, this iconic building has boosted the popularity of the city. The Netherlands now is not only about Amsterdam, the windmills, wooden shoes, and tulips 😉
The towers look absolutely beautiful on the outside and the inside. The night shots were splendidly captured, love how you can see the reflection in the waters. The bubble-like floating pavilion(s) reminds me of the round Esplanade “durian” building in Singapore 🙂
Thank you so much Mabel for your kind words! Yes, you are right, it is looked alike the durian building 🙂 I didn’t realize it until you mentioned it. Actually at first I thought the pavilions looked alike floating soccer ball 😀
You’re right, the pavillions look like soccer balls. Or jelly. But they seem to look like white golf balls in the day shot 🙂 Sounds like you had a great time taking in the new pieces of architecture 🙂
🙂 Thanks Mabel! I think I am in love with the city 😉
Beautiful architecture and lovely city! but 120 Euro is too expensive for night!
Thank you Jackson! Yes it is too expensive..however there are some hotels with good view that way cheaper than this one 🙂
Rotterdam gets much buzz with its modern architecture. One of the reasons to visit it is the Central
Station. Nhow Hotel is another new reason to come there. Beautiful pics Indah.
Thank you so much Lorraine! Hope we will meet up soon in Rotterdam, many new interesting buildings. Rem Koolhaas is at his best!
The modern architecture is totally unbelievable! And the way you framed the images is awesome, Indah. I see photos like these and realize just how big our world is. Even the image of the hotel room is just so modern. What impressed me the most are the clean lines of geometric design in all the photos here. Amazing shots, my friend. xx Amy
Thank you so much Amy! Your comment always made my day! Bless you and I am looking forward to see your Niagara Falls pictures!
SMILE! (((HUGS))) Amy
great shots…..very nice area around, remember holidays in Zeeland, Sint Annaland… 😉
Thank you so much! I am so happy to hear from you!
Beautiful photos as always indah! ❤ take me to rotterdam!!! 😀
Thank you Karen! If you come here, I will be your guide to Rotterdam! Oh, it may be we will visit Moalboal and Dauin-Dummaguatte in Dec-Jan (fingers crossed!!)
I’ll remember that Indah! 🙂 for real? you’re going to visit the Philippines? Haven’t been to Moal Boal yet but I heard they have good diving sites there. Time for you to get those underwater cameras ready 😉
🙂 Yes, hopefully, sincerely now it really depends whether we will get nice place to stay. I am so looking forward to visit the Philippines again! Have a great week!
That’s great Indah! ❤️ enjoy your time in the Philippines! take a lot of photos! 😉
Thank you Karen! It will be in Dec-jan though..and hopefully still get place to stay in Moalboal..some resorts are full booked already!
Yup, you should hurry since it’s peak season. Secure the rooms first! 🙂 Will be waiting for that Moal Boal travel post of yours ❤
OOh me too actually! December seems still far away 😀
Danke wünsche eine gute neue Woche liebe Grüße Gislinde
Beautiful pictures on a difficult subject! I love the interiors!
Thank you so much!