The Groothandelsgebouw is business centre with
offices for wholesale companies and once symbolised the post-war reconstructions in Rotterdam. The enormous building block of 220 by 84 metres was and still is the largest trade centre in the Netherlands. The road running through it is 1.5 kilometres long and serves three different levels. Once home to the Kriterion cinema, the roof pavilion is now used as a sun terrace for grandcaf
Designed by H.A. Maaskant and W. van Tijen (1947-1953)
The Italian architect allowed the surface of this office tower to lean forward as an echo of the suspension cables of Erasmus Bridge. The giant light installation on the façade consists of 900 tiled flat lamps, together forming a screen that displays various images and texts. Fun detail: the slope is nearly 6 degrees, identical to the leaning Tower of Pisa.