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5x new Rotterdam icons

From the first floating farm in the world to a unique public reflective art depot

Five new Rotterdam icons patiently await your admiration

22 January 2021

Although time seems to stand still now that every day seems the same, there is no stopping either the time or the industriousness in Rotterdam, as evidenced by various new iconic buildings and initiatives. On the Floating Farm – the first floating farm in the world – the cows continue to produce their daily milk, and the soon-to-be tallest residential tower in the Benelux continues to rise. They are waiting patiently for visitors and the admiration they bring.

1. Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen: the very first public art depot in the world

1. Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen: the very first public art depot in the world

Looking for yourself in the 1664 mirrors of Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is an activity in itself, but the iconic building was designed to store and exhibit art. The world's first publicly accessible art depot will be ready to receive its first visitors in the autumn of 2021.

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2. Zalmhaven Tower: the tallest in the Benelux

2. Zalmhaven Tower: the tallest in the Benelux

De Zalmhaven will soon be the tallest residential tower in the Benelux at 215 metres. The building is located next to the Erasmus Bridge and will open mid-2022. The first 190 metres contain the residential floors, and a restaurant, bar and viewing point unlike any other in the Netherlands will be housed in the 25-metre-high top. It’s already spectacular; the construction of this colossus is as imposing as its dimensions!

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They are waiting patiently for visitors and the admiration they bring.

3. Fenix I: crème de la crème of Rotterdam architecture and culture

3. Fenix I: crème de la crème of Rotterdam architecture and culture

Fenix I has received many awards, including ‘Residential Building of the Year 2020’. These are well deserved: the almost-century-old striking harbour warehouse – once the largest in the world – was renovated and a nine-storey residential building built on top of it. The crème de la crème of Rotterdam culture – Codarts, Conny Janssen Danst, Circus Rotjeknor – is located in the plinth. But most come for the Fenix Food Factory’s culinary delights, and who can blame them?

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4. Floating Farm: very first floating farm

4. Floating Farm: very first floating farm

Rotterdam has a lot of water and the Floating Farm is an innovative example of how to make good use of it. This first floating farm in the world opened in 2019, and produces food innovatively and circularly, close to the urban consumer. The cows are fed the residual flows from Rotterdam breweries and Schiedam windmills. Visitors can taste the yoghurt and milk produced here!

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5. Hofbogen: urban hotspots in the longest monumental building in the Netherlands

5. Hofbogen: urban hotspots in the longest monumental building in the Netherlands

Imagine an almost two-kilometre-long green city park high above the streets! This will soon become a reality in Rotterdam: the construction of the Hofbogenpark will start in 2022. Space for relaxation and nature will be created on top of the Hofbogen – an old railway line and the longest monumental building in the Netherlands. Until the park opens, you can find design, fashion and food at the current hotspots in the Hofbogen, such as Man Met Bril Koffie, 's Zomers Bloemen, Bird, FG Food Labs, De Jong and Brewpub Reijngoud. This is vibrant Rotterdam at its best.

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