Office Building KPN/ Belvédère

Renzo Piano

Although this skyscraper by Italian architect Renzo Piano was one of the first towers on Wilhelminapier, in terms of height today it doesn't make the top ten list for the tallest of Rotterdam skyscrapers. (It is 98 meters tall.) It was designed for KPN Telecom and the front panel is said to tilt in parallel with the suspension cables on the nearby Erasmus Bridge--at 6 degrees.

Left: view with De Rotterdam immediately behind it; center: view from the north; right: view from the northeast with Luxor Theater in the background


The leaning panel, propped up by a 50 meter long steel shaft, has almost 1000 lights. See center detail.


South side


Base at the side and back

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/ Belvédère (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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