Celebrating architecture events in Rotterdam

Celebrating architecture events in Rotterdam

15th March 2016, Comments 0 comments

Rooftop parties, sleeping in architects' homes and a giant dominoes art installation are just some events in Rotterdam leading up to its 'Architecture Month'.

Rotterdam is known for its modern and innovative architecture. See what's happening around the city in the coming months as Rotterdam celebrates its unique architecture with a range of events and experiences, including rooftop parties and 'Rotterdam Architecture Month' in June.

Bobbing Forest: Floating art and architecture

Twenty floating buoys bearing trees weighing 10,000 kg each will be launched and floating upright in the Rijnhaven in Rotterdam on 16 March 2016. The ‘Bobbing Forest’ is an idea of artist Jorge Bakker, created with the help of art producer Mothership. The artwork draws attention to climate change, health in urban areas and raises public awareness of the importance of nature.

In addition to the launch of the Bobbing Forest, presentations will be held on the Floating Farm, the Recycled Park and RiF010.

Dominoes XL

On 20 March 2016, 8,000 giant dominoes will be toppled along a 2.5-kilometre route through the centre of Rotterdam in a life-size game of Domino. The first domino will be pushed over at the Maritime Museum, setting off a chain reaction of toppling domino stones past cafes, churches, gyms, galleries and metro stations until the final domino falls at the Schouwburgplein. The Dominoes event is organised by the Rotterdamse Schouwburg and is a part of ‘Rotterdam celebrates the City!’, a cultural manifestation to celebrate 75 years of post-war reconstruction.

Hotel Rotterdam Wake up in Architecture

Always wanted to wake up in the home of a Dutch architect? The unique hotel concept ‘Wake up in Architecture’ can turn your wish into a reality. During the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (23 April to 10 July 2016) you can sign up for a night in the home or studio of a Rotterdam architect, with breakfast included. The list of participating architects includes well-known names such as Francine Houben (Mecanoo) and Robert Winkel (Mei architects and planners). As an added surprise element, the name of the architect you’ll be spending the night with will be disclosed upon reservation.

Rotterdam Architecture Month

In June 2016, the Rotterdam Architecture Month will be held for the first time – an entire month dedicated to architecture, spatial design and urban development. During Architecture Day on 18 June, more than 20 historic and new buildings will open their doors to the public. The Urban Trail, a run that takes you past and through Rotterdam’s buildings, will take place the next day. From 16 to 26 June, you’ll be able to experience the third edition of ZigZagCity. This edition focuses on the characteristic reconstruction Hoogkwartier district, with at the heart of the festival the well-known Industriegebouw (Industry Building), designed by the architects Hugh Maaskant and Willem van Tijen. The expedition streets will be transformed into enjoyable public spaces, featuring a spectacular installation made of tape.

Rotterdam Rooftop Days

The Rotterdamse Dakendagen (Rotterdam Rooftop Days), which will take place from 10 to 12 June 2016, are part of the Rotterdam Architecture Month. Discover Rotterdam from more than 40 rooftops and enjoy a host of activities, including Friday socials, concerts, silent disco nights, sports activities and a special children’s programme.


The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) focuses on the future of the city with this year’s theme: The Next Economy. The IABR’s seventh edition investigates the relationship between spatial design and the future development of the economy. From 23 April to 10 July the exhibition in former warehouse Fenix II will form the heart of the IABR. Visitors will be treated to a continuous programme of conferences, lectures and debates.

Architecture tours by UrbanGuides

Excursion bureau UrbanGuides offers a range of English-language architecture tours through Rotterdam, from walking and bicycle tours to guided tours of buildings like the iconic Van Nelle Factory. The tours give visitors as well as residents a taste of the progressive architecture and urban development of Rotterdam.

Fenixlofts construction has started

The construction of Fenix I in Rotterdam’s up-and-coming district of Katendrecht has started. With almost 45,000sqm, this is one of the largest building projects in the Netherlands. No less than 212 new loft apartments, of which 78 will be available for rental and 134 for sale, will be built on top of the existing Fenix I warehouse. Construction is expected to be completed by mid-2018. The Fenix warehouses have a unique history and were originally built to accommodate the expansion of the fleet of the Holland Amerika Lijn (the Holland America Line shipping service to the Americas).

Rotterdam Info / Expatica

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