The White House is something of an architectural landmark in Europe. It is the continent's first skyscraper, built in 1897 for a pair of Rotterdam businessmen eager to show off their wealth. They commissioned, "a grand office building in the American spirit." This is the result: An 11-story, 147-foot structure in the French chateau style. It rests on nine-hundred pilings driven into the ground, and at the time of its completion was the tallest building in Europe.
Rotterdam remained a flourishing city, with many beautiful examples of traditional Dutch architecture, until in May 1940 when the most of the city center was destroyed in the bombardment. The White House is one of the few buildings that survived.
The same area after.
But out of the ashes a new city was build.
The same area today.
Modern day Rotterdam is a city where architects can unleash their creativity to the fullest, and examples of that can be found all over town.
The cube apartments.
The pencil and Blaak subway station.
The Euromast tower.
The Nationale Nederlanden towers.
The Erasmus bridge.
The stock exchange.
But it remains a Dutch city, so the polder is never far away.