Rotterdam is the capital of architecture for the entire month of June 2018. We celebrate this with exhibitions, festivals and also on the rooftops of Rotterdam. There are also various guided tours and excursions featuring the history of iconic buildings. So what can you expect? Here are some of the programme’s highlights:
- Dag van de Architectuur (Architecture Day) – Saturday 16 June and Sunday 17 June
This year’s edition of Dag van de Architectuur focuses on the buildings in the Maritiem District, Wilhelminapier and Land van Hoboken. You will have the opportunity to take a look behind closed doors, as many exceptional and unique buildings in Rotterdam are open to the general public.
- Rotterdamse Dakendagen – Friday 1 June – Sunday 3 June
Visit special locations in the upper city during this event. Enjoy spectacular views and new perspectives with lots of breathing space. More than 50 rooftops are taking part and offer special guided tours, rooftop concerts, and you can also enjoy high-level art, nature and food & drinks.
- IABR – Friday 1 June – Sunday 8 July
Every two years, Rotterdam hosts the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR). This event builds a bridge between architects, urban planners, designers, governments and the general public. This year’s theme is The MISSING LINK. Designers are asked how they can contribute to reaching climate goals, such as the Paris Climate Agreement. You too are welcome to think about the city’s future. The future is visualised in videos, photographs and scale models and you can attend lectures, debates and workshops.
- ZigZagCity – Saturday 9 June – Sunday 24 June
This festival lets you explore the neighbourhoods of Oude Westen and Middelland. This tour is both outdoors featuring everyday life on the city’s streets but also indoors in private homes, shops and gardens in courtyards. During the festival ZigZagCity 15 international students from TU Delft will transform the central festival pavilion into a utopian location in the Wijkpark (the local park) in Oude Westen.
- Straatkijkers – from Saturday 9 June
You won’t be able to miss the Rotterdamse Straatkijkers (Rotterdam street look-outs). These look-out points are placed along a route zigzagging from Kruisplein in the city centre to the up-and-coming neighbourhood M4H. Visit Rotterdamse Straatkijkers and discover new streets near West-Kruiskade and Middellandstraat. You will have 100 days from 9 June onwards to explore these art constructions.
- The Rotterdam Tours – from Sunday 3 June
These guided tours will take you to the most well-known architectural icons of the city. Visit Centraal Station, Timmerhuis or De Markthal. In De Rotterdam you will zoom up to 105 metres in a very fast elevator to enjoy spectacular views of the city. The tour of De Markthal is ideal for foodies as it includes a Meet&Taste.
- The stories behind the buildings
The Rotterdam Architectuur Maand is aimed at everyone who wants to explore the city’s architecture. It is the perfect time to find out about the stories behind the buildings, to experience a different dimension of Rotterdam. Reserve some time in June to enjoy the dazzling programme full of lectures, films, workshops and exhibitions.
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