During the Second World War bombings of 1940 and 1943, Rotterdam lost more than 6000 buildings and over 26,000 homes.
This tragic loss of historical heritage has transformed the city into a testing ground for innovative styles of construction
and for the technological experiments like floating architecture, robotic construction, wind powered buildings,
3D printing technologies and smog-purifying towers.
The first bright examples of a new architecture were Piet Blom’s Cube Houses , 1977 and Marcel Breuer’s De Bijenkorf department store of 1957.
The city reinvented itself in the last 20 years and innovative architecture is a big part of this turnaround.
In the last 3 years Rotterdam’s city scape has seen the arrival of several remarkable buildings, from New Railway Station
by Benthem Crouwel, MVRDV’s market hall , MVSA and West 8.
Rotterdam was included in Lonely Planet’s list of the 10 cities to visit in 2016 and described as the open-air gallery of
contemporary architecture. And this city will continue to amaze us in the near future with its unprecedented projects.
One of them is a huge circular wind turbine that doubles as a residential building, hotel and a rollercoaster.