Exchange and World Trade Center

J. F. Staal and Groosman & Partners
1925-40; 1983-86

The Rotterdam exchange/Beurs dates back to the late 16th century with earlier buildings supporting these trade fairs. This building was erected prior to World War II and even though it was hit during the Rotterdam Blitz, it could be repaired. In 1984 work was begun on a major addition in the middle of the low-rise structure, the green elliptical office tower. The entrance to the exchange is punctuated by the thin bell-tower and a large upper room supported by slender piers forming a large tall porch. One end has a slightly bowed window overlooking the busy boulevard.

The huge exchange hall, from which the tower rises "is spanned by arched steel girders clad in concrete panels embedded with round glazed tiles" (Guide to Rotterdam 53.)The tower is 90 meters high with 20 floors and 20,000 square feet of office space above the existing hall.


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.

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