Timmerhuis, Rotterdam

The iconic building reimagined by architects, city government, a construction firm and a car company

The Dutch city of Rotterdam is perhaps the perfect place for an architect who wants to explore what can be done in the field of green housing. Rotterdam—which was bombed heavily during the Second World War—has little architectural heritage to protect. This led to a slew of new, innovative buildings in the city, as architects have more freedom to create and experiment without being bound …

Minale Maeda: Table Manners Collection

Minale Maeda's "Table Manners Collection" is a clever exploration of the intersection of formal dining and fast food. Toasted directly onto a grilled sandwich, the porcelain pattern lends the refinement of fine china to eating on-the-go. Other works by Mario Minale and Kuniko Maeda, the duo behind this Rotterdam-based design studio, include t-shirts printed with a tablecloth pattern—for those of us who would rather eat …

China Contemporary: Architecture, Art, and Visual Culture

A trio of museums in Rotterdam are currently exploring this theme of contemporary creative culture in China with three interrelated exhibitions on Architecture, Art and Photography. Nederlands Architecture Institute (NAI), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Nederlands Fotomuseum. The explosion of industry and commerce in China over the last few years has gripped the West’s attention. Some are gripped by fear, some by fascination, but whichever way …