Yes, those beautiful narrow buildings with the Bell,
|Built in 1627!!!|
and Bottle Neck gable shapes
But what about houses built to look like trees? Or a giant apartment building that looks like a quonset hut, with a food hall in the middle?
Well our first trip to Rotterdam gave us a glimpse of architecture unlike any we'd ever seen before. And Lonely Planet just rated the city as #5 best city for travel in 2016!
Because it was such a major port city, Rotterdam was heavily bombed during World War II. In fact, only 10 buildings remained after the war. So there has been extensive rebuilding over the last 70 years - with some far sighted architects.
|See if you can find some of the buildings from the photos below. Source: Unknown|
He wanted houses to resemble trees. And of course a whole group of these trees would make a forest. The 'forest' goes up over the road, creating a pedestrian bridge.
|Does it look like a tree?|
One enterprising Dutchman realized lots of us wanted to see the inside of these houses, so he opened up his house as a museum. Judging from the crowds going through it when we were there - he's got quite a money maker (3 euros cash to tour).
The bedrooms had custom furniture.
But the cube houses aren't the only unusual housing style in Rotterdam. The new Markthal just opened a year ago. It's an enormous, quonset hut shaped building.
The outside is lined with apartments. And the inside? An amazing, colourful food hall, with lots of stalls offering a myriad of food
(including this crazy square watermelon!). And the ceiling inside the Markthal? It's a fantastic mixture of bright flowers, from floor to the very top of the arched ceiling. What a sight!
The apartments seem intriguing. They have windows on the Markthal side, that peer down into the hall. No one had opened up their apartment as a museum - but I found these photos online.