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The heart of Rotterdam Architecture Month

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A floating festival hub with a park, urban sports, and exhibitions in three barges

Floating Festival
The floating festival hub comprises three immense barges, temporarily docked at the historic Maassilo in the Maashaven. Normally utilized for transporting materials like salt, sand, and ores, these barges are now being repurposed and opened to the public during the Architecture Month.

The Rotterdam Architecture Month took place from June 1st to June 30th, 2023.

More information about the program on: Rotterdam Architectuurmaandrotterdamarchitectuurmaand.nl

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A Park, Urban Sports, and an Exhibition
One of the barges serves as a floating city park, bustling with lectures, debates, concerts, and other events. Another barge is entirely dedicated to urban sports such as freerunning and calisthenics. The third barge hosts an exhibition on the Maas River as the Central Park of Rotterdam. The concept and design were conceived by the Rotterdam-based architectural firm Studio Marco Vermeulen. Additionally, the urban sports barge is being realized in collaboration with freerunner Onur Eren.

Theme: Wet City
The theme of this year's Rotterdam Architecture Month is Wet City. Rotterdam, being a port city on two riverbanks, is surrounded by and infused with water. How can we enliven and greenify the Maas River and its banks to create the most beautiful and extensive urban park in the Netherlands? The floating festival hub brings together complex challenges in water and climate, offering concrete urban solutions. Through an outdoor exhibition, designers, architects, and the municipality showcase innovative solutions already being implemented in the city, enabling individuals to contribute to making the city more resilient to the effects of climate change.

Summer on the South and the Nelson Mandela Park
With the floating festival hub, the Rotterdam Architecture Month aims to bridge various developments surrounding the Maashaven, such as the Nelson Mandela Park. This new city park within the Maashaven is currently under development and is envisioned to be about the size of ten football fields. Essentially, the floating festival hub serves as a testing ground; by collaborating and sharing knowledge now, energy and a network can be established to support the further development of the Nelson Mandela Park. Moreover, the Rotterdam Architecture Month is part of Summer on the South, a large event spanning the entire summer that showcases what the southern side of the city has to offer.
Photo: Rotterdam Architecture Month, Ossip van Duivenbode
Photo: Rotterdam Architecture Month, Ossip van Duivenbode
Photo: Rotterdam Architecture Month, Ossip van Duivenbode
Photo: Rotterdam Architecture Month, Ossip van Duivenbode
Photo: Rotterdam Architecture Month, Ossip van Duivenbode
Photo: Rotterdam Architecture Month, Ossip van Duivenbode
Photo: Rotterdam Architecture Month, Ossip van Duivenbode
Photo: Rotterdam Architecture Month, Ossip van Duivenbode
Photo: Rotterdam Architecture Month, Ossip van Duivenbode
Photo: Rotterdam Architecture Month, Ossip van Duivenbode
Photo: Rotterdam Architecture Month, Ossip van Duivenbode
Photo: Rotterdam Architecture Month, Ossip van Duivenbode
Photo: Rotterdam Architecture Month, Ossip van Duivenbode
Photo: Rotterdam Architecture Month, Ossip van Duivenbode
Photo: Rotterdam Architecture Month, Ossip van Duivenbode
Photo: Rotterdam Architecture Month, Ossip van Duivenbode
year
2023

team
ir. Marco Vermeulen, ir. Joyce Langezaal, ir. Wout Kruijer, Irem Tumay

programme
The Rotterdam Architecture Month this year is made possible in part by the Municipality of Rotterdam, Rotterdam Festivals, Creative Industries Stimulus Fund, Rotterdam Partners, AIR - Architecture Institute Rotterdam, Job Dura Foundation, Port of Rotterda

website
rotterdamarchitectuurmaand.nl


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