Rotterdam is one of the top destinations of 2016: floating forests on the water, shipyards transformed into cultural platforms, coffee factories become creative workshops and many international exhibitions that tell contemporary trends.
Whether you come by land or sea, the future is already there, before our eyes. With the giant steel roof and wood of the new train station or the futuristic building on the Meuse, not far from the largest port in Europe, Rotterdam immediately reveals its modern soul. Heavily bombed during the Second World War, the city has replaced with innovative works of superstars the romantic canals and in typical Dutch brick houses.
On March 16, in National Tree Day, the collective Mothership, inspiratosi to works by the artist Jorge Bakker, will inaugurate its Bobbing Forest, the first floating forest in the world: an installation of 20 trees planted on a platform floating on the water the Riknhaven. To see the Wilhelminapier the pier symbol of European immigration in the United States, one of the Art Rotterdam headquarters in mid-February, on which now stand skyscrapers signed by Renzo Piano, Sir Norman Foster, Alvaro Siza and Rem Koolhaas. A true Manhattan on the Maas, connected to the city by the spectacular Erasmusbrug, the bridge supported by 40 steel cables. Among the buildings stands out the newcomer, De Rotterdam: designed by Rem Koolhaas as a vertical city, consists of three towers connected air, where they find office space, apartments, restaurants, shops. Inside there is also the ultrascenografico Nhow Rotterdam, opened a couple of years ago by the Spanish chain (this is the third hotel, after Milan and Berlin): glass facade and metal, concrete interiors, embellished with golden accents and works by local artists.
A few steps away, the Nederlands Fotomuseum is Ulay, specialist of the Polaroids, which celebrates the artist active in the seventies, long close friend and companion of Marina Abramović. The museum is in Las Palmas, former shipyard transformed by Benthem Crouwel Architects in an effervescent cultural space. Inside, you book a table at Las Palmas, the Herman den Blijker restaurant, renowned chef of TV programs, oysters, lobsters and fish cooked with creativity. Not far there Pincoffs, boutique hotel with 17 rooms. Two former journalists, Edwin van der Meijde and his wife Karen Hamerlynck, have renovated the building of the customs duties, which dates back to 1879, combining historic features and design.
It has yet to Rem Koolhaas the last citizen debut, Timmerhuis, just opened in the center. The building, from the revolutionary modular shape that resembles the pixels of the screens, is the new home of the town hall and the Museum Rotterdam, with over 100,000 objects tells the city. To stay on the subject, the museum district is the third pole invested by the fair events. Do not miss the prestigious Boijmans Van Beuningen, entitled to collectors who regalarono their heritage to the city. Among the oldest of the Netherlands, exhibits paintings by Brueghel, Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh, but also works by Eliasson and Cattelan. At the fair you visit Vocabolar of Solitude, 45 large-size reproductions of clowns, the Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. The art tour also includes the iconic Kunsthal, designed by Rem Koolhaas at the end of the eighties and reopened after careful restoration in February 2014. In Rotterdam architecture infects even shopping.
Among the new entries, the Markthal, the largest covered market in the Netherlands, designed by MVRDV Architects. Its spectacular horseshoe-shaped, 40 meters high and decorated inside by the colorful mural by Arno Conen and Iris Roskam, dominates food stalls, shops and restaurants. But the surprises are the apartments built in the huge arches. For art and design shop it goes from Groos, concept store that offers only products created in Rotterdam. The name comes from a forgotten word meaning “pride”: the one for the bustling town fertility.