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The architectural hotspot of Rotterdam

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Magnificent with an international appeal

Wilhelmina Pier is one of the architectural frontpieces of the Netherlands. The mix of historic warehouses and spectacular new buildings can compete with the cosmopolitan port quarters of Sydney, London and New York. Wilhelmina Pier has been nominated by the Harvard Graduate School of Design for the Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design for its progressive urban development.

The Erasmus Bridge, the New Luxor Theatre, the Cruise Terminal, Montevideo, Las Palmas, the World Port Centre, the South District Tower and Hotel New York have set the image of Wilhelmina Pier for a long time. The addition of New Orleans and The Rotterdam will transform the existing Wilhelmina Pier skyline.

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Cruise Terminal

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The former arrivals and departures hall of the Holland America Line was designed in 1946 by Van den Broek and Bakema. broekbakema.nl

Havana

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Cruz y Ortiz
The Havana residential tower is a design of architectural firm Cruz y Ortiz, which has offices in Seville and Amsterdam. The firm also designed the residential towers Boston and Seattle on Wilhelmina Pier. cruzyortiz.com

Peter Stuyvesant Building

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KCAP Architects&Planners
A new tower of 50,000 sqm called the Peter Stuyvesant Building, designed by KCAP Architects&Planners, is being built on the Baltimore lot. A feasibility study is currently carried out for a mixed-use development, consisting of apartments, offices, restaurants, recreational facilities and parking. KCAPArchitects&Planners.nl

Cruise Port

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TomDavid Architects
The (temporary) bridge to a design by TomDavid Architects will be used for 5 years (since 2011) and takes the cruise passengers ashore. tomdavid.nl

Rijnhaven Bridge

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Rijnhaven Bridge
The Rijnhaven Bridge connects Wilhelmina Pier to Katendrecht. Culture now flows easily from Wilhelmina Pier into historic Katendrecht. The 160-metre-long bicycle and pedestrian bridge was designed by Quist Wintermans Architects. rijnhavenbrug.nl

World Port Centre

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Foster & Partners
Sir Norman Foster is the architect of the World Port Centre and the Maritime Simulator Centre. He will also put Baltimore to his name. He is internationally known for his designs including the Millennium Bridge in London and the dome on the Reichstag building in Berlin. fosterandpartners.com

The Rotterdam

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OMA
Rem Koolhaas is the founding father of the famous architectural firm OMA with offices in Rotterdam, New York, Beijing and Hong Kong. After the Kunsthal, The Rotterdam is the new jewel in the Rotterdam collection of OMA designs. oma.nl

New Orleans

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Álvaro Siza
Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza is recognised worldwide as one of the main architects of the moment. His work can be found in e.g. Portugal, Spain, Germany, Argentina and Brazil. He designed New Orleans for Wilhelmina Pier. alvarosizavieira.com

Las Palmas

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Benthem Crouwel
Benthem Crouwel Architects is the firm behind the renovation of Las Palmas and the oval penthouse office on top of the building. Benthem Crouwel is one of the leading architectural firms in the Netherlands. benthemcrouwel.nl

Toren op Zuid (KPN Toren)

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Renzo Piano 
The leaning Toren op Zuid (the KPN building) was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. He is also known for designing the NEMO Science Centre in Amsterdam. His most famous building is located in Paris: the Pompidou Centre. rpbw.com

New Luxor Theater

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BOLLES+WILSON
The New Luxor Theatre is sometimes called the "most beautiful theatre" in the Netherlands. Because of its theatrical red colour, the New Luxor Theatre exudes a warmth that stands out for miles around. It was designed by Australian architect Peter Wilson. bolles-wilson.com

Boston and Seattle

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Cruz y Ortiz
The Boston and Seattle residential towers are designed by architectural firm Cruz y Ortiz, which has offices in Seville and Amsterdam. The firm also designed the Havana residential tower on Wilhelmina Pier. cruzyortiz.com

Hotel New York

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The current Hotel New York was built in 1901 as headquarters for the Holland America Line. It was designed by architects Müller and Droogleever Fortuyn and was later extended by Van der Tak. wikipedia.org

Montevideo

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Mecanoo
Francine Houben of Mecanoo architects designed the Montevideo residential tower. She received two awards for it: the International Highrise Award 2006 and the International Dedalo Minosse Prize 2006. mecanoo.nl

Pakhuis- meesteren

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AWG Architects
AWG Architects is a Belgian architectural firm. This architect working group will look after the transformation of Pakhuismeesteren into a modern lifestyle hotel. awg.be

Chicago

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MVSA Architects
Chicago is being built on the central strip of Rotterdam’s Wilhelmina Pier. mvsa-architects.com

Agenda March

8-3
Rotterdam Museum Night
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22-3 en 29-3
Workshop Shellfish Las Palmas
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3-4
Motel Mozaïque
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13-4
The Marathon of Rotterdam
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Practical information

From health centre, swimming pool and medical centre to water taxis, designer shops and acclaimed restaurants – Wilhelmina Pier has it all. As soon as you step out of your front door you are right in the heart of things. The pier offers all the urban conveniences you may need.

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