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Oct

Living next to Piet Hein Eek

Author: Asmara & Bas, Posted: October 16th, 2016

Piet Hein Eek is known as a prominent Dutch designer. In 2015 he realised his first architectural project named RAG Building. Experience how architecture and design compliment each other in one building and how to live like a neighbour of Piet Hein Eek.

Gebaeude RAG | building RAG
RAG Building, photo by Thomas Mayer

Apartments in the former Philips building RAG

Piet Hein Eek transformed a former industrial Philips-building into several apartments. A project realized by architectural firm Eek and Iggie Dekkers.

The former Philips Complex “Strijp R” where Eek has his atelier, is also the area of his latest project. During the Philips era, the RAG building was used as a pumping station for air, which was used for compression or vacuum in the manufacturing processes. The pumping station is one of the buildings in “Strijp R” that wasn’t demolished. It is now situated between newly built residential buildings.

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8
Sep

Late summer in Rotterdam

Author: Benjo, Posted: September 8th, 2016

De-Rotterdam-6-klRotterdam, photo by Ossip: www.ossip.nl

Either as city trip for the weekend or on your way from Amsterdam to Brussels, September and October are great summer months to visit Rotterdam. Busy, but not crowded, as the Rotterdam streets are extremely forgiving to crowds.

The city is ranking high on international trip advising lists, because of its architecture, the activities, the accessibility and of course the connection with its harbor. Since 2014, the Van Nelle Fabriek has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, giving this modernistic coffee and tobacco factory a world renowned status. Though still underestimated and in the shadows of its big brother Amsterdam, Rotterdam can be seen as the capital of modern architecture and industrial heritage of the Netherlands.

Pictures of the Markthal (MVRDV), the Rotterdam high-rise (OMA) and the Central Train Station (Benthem & Crouwel, Meyer & van Schooten, West 8) went viral and thus Rotterdam suddenly was world famous, and not only among architecture lovers.

What’s the best way to visit Rotterdam and enjoy its culture and architecture?

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