From Thursday, 26th May until 24th June you will be able to walk along the roofs of Rotterdam. Tickets are on sale now.
The 600-metre-long Rotterdam Rooftop Walk will connect rooftops and the ground level with stairs and a spectacular aerial bridge over the Coolsingel. On the WTC Rotterdam and Bijenkorf rooftops, Rotterdamse Dakendagen presents visitors with a future image of the city. In this vision, cities make full use of the ‘rooftop landscape’ for greenery, art, living, recreation, food production, energy generation and more. The development on the Coolsingel can be followed through a live-stream recorded from the nearby chielandtoren.
The Rotterdam Rooftop Walk is a one-off project in addition to the annual Rotterdamse Dakendagen festival weekend, which takes place from 3rd to 5th June. During that weekend, 35 rooftops can be visited in the city, including the Rooftop Walk. Admission to the Rooftop Walk is € 3.50 for adults and free for children. Ticket are available at rotterdamsedakendagen.nl
The design of the Rooftop Walk is a collaboration between MVRDV architects and Rotterdamse Dakendagen, constructed from scaffolding materials provided by Dutch Steigers. The walk starts with a staircase on Beursplein that leads to WTC Rotterdam’s monumental rooftop. Visitors will then cross the Coolsingel via a 60-metre-long aerial bridge. Winding across the rooftop of the Bijenkorf, the route ends on the Q-Park next to the department store. Visitors will then descend onto the Aert van Nesstraat via a scaffolding staircase along the building’s façade. En route, visitors will experience how the space on flat urban rooftops could be better utilised. For example, there is a Tiny House with residents on one of the rooftops, artists depict a sustainable future for city dwellers and new ways are presented to generate energy, use rainwater and add greenery to the rooftop. The Rotterdam Rooftop Walk is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and can only be visited with a reservation of a time slot.
June is Rotterdam Architecture Month
Rotterdamse Dakendagen is a partner of Rotterdam Architecture Month ‘22. This year’s theme Vista Rotterdam represents views of the city and the role of design and designers within major social challenges. In June, architectural events will take place all over Rotterdam. For this month, The Podium at Het Nieuwe Instituut is dubbed ‘Festival Heart of the RA Month ‘22’.