Rotterdam's New Farmers Market Looks Like the Inside of a Vitamix

Rotterdam's just-completed Markthal, or Market Hall, is an innovative, sustainably designed building charged with delivering local, healthy food to the city center. But there's one particular element of the structure that's getting all the attention: An arching, technicolor tossed salad of a ceiling. » 10/09/14 1:43pm 10/09/14 1:43pm

Off-Kilter Cube Houses Creatively Renovated Into Homes for Ex-Cons

Parts of the famously off-kilter "cube houses" project constructed back in 1984 to a design by architect Piet Blom in Rotterdam, Holland, have been transformed into new homes for 21 former prison inmates by Personal Architecture. The old, oddly angled complex has been updated with skylights and internal light-wells to… » 3/10/14 12:20pm 3/10/14 12:20pm

This Massive, Mirrored Salad Bowl Will Store a Precious Art Collection

Art depots are the distribution warehouses of the art world. They're tucked into anonymous buildings on the outskirts of town, housing works that aren't on view. But in Rotterdam, the architects at MVRDV have won a competition to build a depot that will be open to the public. » 3/10/14 11:08am 3/10/14 11:08am

Watch a Teensy Micro-Apartment Transform Into a Five Room Suite

The 43-story De Rotterdam is Europe's largest building. Inside, however, it's a study in how to live inside a small space: The behemoth's tiniest unit is only 645 square feet, yet because it's kitted out with incredible transforming furniture, it functions like a five room apartment. » 3/03/14 2:00pm 3/03/14 2:00pm

These Gargantuan Gates Keep Europe's Largest Port from Drowning

Spanning more than 25 miles of shoreline and covering 41 square miles, the Port of Rotterdam is largest shipping berth in all of Europe, the fifth-busiest in the world, and a major interchange for the region's energy supplies. But keeping the North Sea's fury in check is no easy feat. So to keep the port open for… » 10/24/13 11:33am 10/24/13 11:33am

MVRDV Floating Stairs Don't Show You the Way

MRDV is a design group that put together this absolutely crazy roof extension in Rotterdam. I'm wondering how they managed to get planning permission for the blue monstrosity, as it just doesn't look right on the outside. Frankly, it doesn't look right on the inside either—check out those crazy floating stairs in the… » 4/13/08 9:00pm 4/13/08 9:00pm