Of course this year’s heart of the Rotterdam Architecture Month is not just a building. In the early days, POST used to be a special building for everyday things such as collecting stamps or sending packages for the ‘ordinary Rotterdammer’. Now it is a special building that gets a new purpose! Here you can read ten ‘did you know’s’ that you didn’t know you wanted to know about the former post office.
Did you know…
- …it took eight years for the building to be built? Due to material scarcity during the First World War, it took so long
- …the post office is placed ten meters backwards compared to the Coolsingel? The idea was that the adjacent town hall would receive more attention. Because the post office was given a forecourt, the opposite effect was achieved
- …the hall is no less than 22.5 meters high!
- …the Main Post Office received the status of ‘Rijksmonument’ (national monument) in 2000?
- …the building has been empty for some twelve years and is closed to the public? (except during the # RAM19, take your chance!)
- …both the Main Post Office and the adjacent town hall survived the bombing unscathed? A miracle of Rotterdam!
- …multiple plans have been submitted for the transformation? Ultimately, Eran Chen from ODA architecture, together with the Braaksma & Roos office in The Hague, will get the job done
- …ODA architecture and Braaksma & Roos have planned a 150-meter-high residential tower behind the existing building?
- …the plan includes space for restaurants, cafés and shops on the ground floor and a luxury hotel with apartments on the upper floors?
- …you can see the plans for POST in the building itself? The models and drawings are waiting for your visit
POST Podium is free to the public.
Then every Saturday and Sunday (and Whitsun Monday) from 12: 00-17: 00.
Post Podium is also open during various events during the week.
Please note !: bring something warm with you, it can be cold in POST.