Forget Amsterdam – Visit This Under-the-Radar Dutch City

Forget Amsterdam – Visit This Under-the-Radar Dutch City

A Design Lover’s Guide to Rotterdam, Netherlands

The second-largest Dutch city provides plenty of cultural excursions, historic attractions, and strikingly modern architecture

Rotterdam often takes a backseat to Amsterdam in terms of attracting cultural tourism. But for wildly innovative design, this port city is a standout. Creatives have long been drawn to the artistic freedom bubbling in a place that became almost an architectural blank slate after the historic center was flattened during World War II. Tilted, cube-shaped homes resembling funky tree houses (designed by Piet Blom); a housing project in the shape of an open paper clip; Daan Roosegaarde’s smog-removing tower; and De Rotterdam, a “vertical city” with a triad of cantilevered towers conceived by OMA (the firm founded by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Rem Koolhaas), are but a small sampling of Rotterdam’s radical creations.

We explore stylish, chic, and daringly designed venues, as well as those spots blending traditional surroundings with a contemporary aesthetic. Take a look at Architectural Digest’s guide to Rotterdam and, if you’ve already planned a trip to Amsterdam, hop on the train for the quick ride to a city whose central station will take your breath away.

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Credits: architecturaldigest

JEANINE BARONE

Posted September 20, 2016, architecturaldigest

Forget Amsterdam – Visit This Under-the-Radar Dutch City

Rotterdam Central Station designed by Team CS; photography by Jannes Linders
Rotterdam Central Station designed by Team CS; photography by Jannes Linders

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