Dam and Partners

View of part of Kop van Zuid from the Erasmus Bridge

Maastoren is to the far left, or the eastern edge of the Kop van Zuid, this redeveloped former dock area on the River Maas. This redevelopment, beginning in the 1960s, extended the city center to the south and added both housing and offices, some spectacular skyscrapers so that this area is sometimes referred to Manhattan on the Maas. See below for index to buildings on this site in Kop van Zuid.

The tallest building in The Netherlands

This skyscraper is 165 meters tall with 44 floors. The building is clad in aluminum, the color of which changes, depending on the weather. (See the contrasting photos below.) The skyscraper has two main parts: one of 165 metres (541 feet) and one turned compared to the other of 105 metres (344 feet). The skyscraper's colors change with the height, for the bottom is dark gray, to resemble the dark rock of the wharf, and gradually the colors modulate through more than 20 shades of aluminum terminating in silver at the top.

Cloudy Rotterdam and the next day, bright sun!

There is a so-called sky lobby on the top floor, with a glass facade which extends beyond the roof line of the building.

Public space

The ground and first floors are semi-transparent and were conceived of as extension from the public space outside.

Works Cited or Consulted:
Groenendijk, Paul and Piet Vollaard. Architecture Guide to the Netherlands 1900-2000. Rotterdam: Uitgeverij, 2006.
Groenendijk, Paul and Piet Vollaard. Architecture Guide to Rotterdam. Rotterdam: Uitgeverij, 2007.
Groenendijk, Paul and Piet Vollaard. Guide to Contemporary Architecture in the Netherlands. Rotterdam: Uitgeverij, 2004.

Buildings on this site in Kop van Zuid

De Rotterdam (OMA, Koolhaas)
Erasmus Bridge (Van Berkel & Bos)
Headquarters Holland-Amerika Lijn (J. Muller et al)
Luxor Theater (Bolles+Wilson)
Maastoren (Dam and Partners)
Montevideo (Mecanoo Architects)
New Orleans (Siza)
Office Building KPN/ Beelvédère (Piano)
Office Building Wilhelminahof (Dam et al)
Terminal Building Holland-Amerika Lijn (Brinkman, Van der Broek and Bakema)
Workshop Building Holland-Amerika Lijn/Las Palmas (Van der Broek and Bakema; Benthem Crouwel)
World Port Center (Foster)

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