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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old February 12th, 2007, 16:26 Thread Starter
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The architecture of Rotterdam



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.

Before.



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.

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I like those cube apartments, I wonder if the residents have a constant feeling of being off balance.

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Yeah, Rotterdam is the most interesting city architecturally.

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This is the interior of the cube apartments.



The kitchen.



The living room.



The attic. Which looks a bit like being in the cockpit of an F-117.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old February 13th, 2007, 13:21
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Wow what a spectacular sight. During my sporadic trips abroad I have across many a beautifull buildings, but never have I seen such beauty manifest itself in that phenomenon refered to as "the white house". Absolutely magnificent.
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Haha that last pic is class
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old February 13th, 2007, 14:56
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Fantastic pics Boyo! They do bring back fond memories of my trip there in 2005

The kitchen! Sure beats the one as depicted by Pieter Duyfhuysen in the 17th century, no?

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