Photo Friday: A “Periscope” is home to the Netherlands Maritime University

by Janis on October 22, 2010

Photo Friday: “The Periscope” Inspires Maritime Students

Blue and white corrugated panels in a checkered pattern convey the image of stacked shipping containers while the cantilevered conference room provides students with inspiring views of the nearby Port of Rotterdam.  Designed by Neutelings-Riedijk Architects, the Shipping and Transport College building on the Maas river in Rotterdam  is home to Netherlands Maritime University.

 Europe’s Largest Port

 The Port of Rotterdam the largest port in Europe, and was the world’s busiest from 1962 to 2004, when it was surpassed by Shanghai. The city of Rotterdam is located on the banks of the Nieuwe Maas (“New Meuse”) river, one of the channels formed by the Rhine and Meuse rivers.  

City of New Architecture

During the early stages of World War II,  the city center of Rotterdam was devastated by German bombs, destroying most of the older building. Now, 70 years later, the Rotterdam is known for its ambitious avant-garde architecture architecture.

Internationally-recognized architects based in Rotterdam included O.M.A. (Rem Koolhaas), MVRDV, Neutelings & Riedijk and Erick van Egeraat, among others.  

A few of Rotterdam’s famous architectural designs include the cube houses built in 1984 by architect Piert Blom, the 2,600 ft  cable-stayed Erasmus Bridge nicknamed “the Swan”, the Netherland’s tallest residential building, Montevideo Tower, and the Euromast. 

Read about our architectural tour in Rotterdam here.  

And our tour of Rotterdam’s Maritiem Museum here.

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