Creating urban texture in Rotterdam

Rotterdam is home to an undoubtedly grand example of railway architecture. This revamped station looks to the future of this Dutch port city. A European beacon, as reflected through the appearance of different entrances facing the city’s varied neighbourhoods.

Rotterdam Central Station / West 8 + Benthem Crouwel Architects + MVSA Architects, 12th March 2015. Plataforma Arquitectura.

Rotterdam Centraal Station (Netherlands) opened in 2008 and was designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects and MVSA Architects. The structure at once provides order to the surrounding space whilst ensuring it shines. With its large stainless steel roof and main glass and wood façade, they both create natural visual movement towards the city centre, making it the main focus.

The architectural structure creates a sense of balance by providing a sublime urban texture connecting to the railway lines without losing sight of human scale. It is, without a shadow of a doubt, an authentic adaptation to modernity that blends and adapts to lend the city with an international identity.

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