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Feijenoord

The area of Feijenoord derived its name from the formal island of Fijenoord, later named Feijenoord. On this page we only mention the buildings on the Northern side of the area, although the area of Feijenoord is a lot bigger. To get to see the architecture of Feijenoord you have to cross river by the red Willemsbrug.

 

Willemsbrug, 1981

This red bridge is the second Willemsbrug (named after King Willem III). The original Willemsbrug bridge was demolished because it had been damaged in WWII and was really too small. This suspension bridge, designed by C. Veerling, has two red yokes, 50 metres high, which 'carry' the road. The road's turn-offs make a 90 degree curve.

 

Noordereiland (ENG: Northern island)

By crossing the red Willemsbrug you get to Noordereiland, which gives you the feeling of in a small village in the middle of Rotterdam. The name was derived from the Noorderhaven, now known as Koningshaven. It was part of former island Feijenoord and was separated after digging the harbour. It was a very busy place teeming with sailors and boats until the last 10 years of the 20th century. The Germans occupied it during WWII and now it’s a protected monument.

Find historic buildings at Maaskade 85, 113 and 119.


De Brug (ENG: The Bridge), 2005

De Brug is a transparent steel and glass building housing the Unilever Best Foods headquarters, designed by JHK Architects. It is sort of floating 26 meters above the historic Blue Band margarine factory complex. This spectacular building is a good example of prefabrication. The entire steel construction was assembled next to the factory before it was rolled to its permanent position, right above the factory. The design for this building was inspired by the nearby lifting bridge called De Hef.

Nassaukade 3-5, no public access

 

De Hef, 1927

On the eastern side of the Noorderleiland you can see what is left from the former railway bridge which connected the south side of the city to the center. We call it De Hef but its official name is the Koningshavenbrug. De Hef has not been used since 1993, because all trains now go through a tunnel underneath the river. Both of the Hef-towers are over 60 meter high. Some years ago the council of Rotterdam wanted to demolish the Hef, because it no longer had a purpose, but the people of Rotterdam protested against it. That is because they feel their 'Heffie' symbolizes the dynamics of the harbors. The protests made quite an impact and 'Heffie' will be with us for quite some years to come.

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Entrepotgebouw, 1879

The Entrepotgebouw itself is a big building called De Vijf Werelddelen (ENG: Five continents). At the time it was built, it was the most modern warehouse around but now it houses apartments and shops. This whole area has a rich history from the wealthy trading days in spices, sugar, tea and tobacco (the VOC). Hence the names on the building like 'Afrika' and 'Azië' where the products came from.

De Vijf Werelddelen 173

 

Het Poortgebouw, 1879

The original design of the architect J.C. van der Wall was for a monumental entrance to the Binnenhaven consisting of not one but two mirrored Poortgebouwen. The 4-story 'gate-buildings' would act as wind-blockers for the ships passing through this narrow passage. However the building has never been used as what it was designed for, due to bankruptcy of the commissioner. In the following 120 years the building would be adapted to fit the needs of the various users. Nowadays a community collective lives here. They organize all sorts of activities for outsiders like a vegetarian meal each Sunday at 7pm and live performances.

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