ZigZagCity: Rotterdam Architecture Festival




Rotterdam Architecture Festival


Next week, as from Ascension Day, two exciting events with the central theme ‘architecture’ will kick off in Rotterdam, the second largest city of The Netherlands: the architecture festival ZigZagCity and the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam. Two promising events putting this modern port city in the spotlight of the attention during this summer.


Rotterdam’s cube houses in an urban jungle by LANDLAB, Studio for landscape architecture.

This year is the second time that the ten-days festival ZigZagCity will be organized in the second largest city of The Netherlands. After a first successful edition with 50,000 visitors in Rotterdam’s central Lijnbaanskwartier (‘kwartier’ meaning ‘quarter’), this year ZigZagCity takes you to the Laurenskwartier to explore another unique neighborhood of the city. ZigZagCity brings you to known and off-the-beaten track places while sharing the perspectives of architects, archaeologists, entrepreneurs and residents so you can experience the city from a whole new angle. A fun and interesting event for both people coming from outside the city and Rotterdammers themselves.


Criss-crossing town with the ZigZagCity Route

The ZigZagCity route takes you to city icons such as Markethall (MVRDV), Timmerhuis (OMA), bridge-keepers’ houses and various other post-war reconstructions located in the Laurenskwartier. The famous Rotterdam cube houses are also part of the route and are for the occasion transformed into an exotic oasis by the landscape architects of LandLab, using palm trees and tropical flowers.


Buitenbad Binnenstad (Outside bath, city centre), Max Rink, Else Marijn.

Continuing the route you arrive at the beautiful residential island Haagseveer and Delftsevaart, where young architects Max Rink (Sprikk) and Else Marijn Kruijswijk, Buro Lina, Nov’ 82 Architecten and Studio 1:1  will be given the opportunity by Call For Projects to show you how this area can be used as a place for leisure activities, aiming to resolve the question what the role of water is in the city centre.


Bovenzicht Bubble Building, ZigZagCity 2012, Hans Vermeulen.

When you’re up for watching some performances check out the activities going on at the Urban Stage on and around the Church Square (in Dutch ‘Grote Kerkplein’) in front of the St Lawrence Church (‘Laurenskerk’ in Dutch). During 12 days you can expect and enjoy different special dance, film and music performances. Events will take place on this stage, onthe square, in the church, even in the nearby power station (Stadsverwarming) and on the roof of De Heuvel building. Among the many shows there’ll be a dance performance by Dansateliers, a unique film festival, music concerts by the Rotterdam Symphonic Windband and a special performance in the Machinefabriek. Click here for the details of the full program.


A SPECIAL Opening With A concert High UP and dance

ZigZagCity will be opened on Thursday the 29th of May (Ascension Day), at 3 pm with a special concert by the Rotterdam Symphonic Windband from the rooftops of various buildings around the Church Square and a dance preview by Dansateliers. Access to this event is free.


SUP’s UP, pre-event ZigZagCity. Photo by Bas Czerwinski.


Your ZigZagCity Adventure

Although it seems possible to visit the different venues by yourself thanks to the recognizable route markings, there’s also a possibility to visit the different locations by joining a guided tour. These can be booked at ZigZagCity Travel, the travel agency at the heart of ZigZagCity, located at the waterside behind the restaurant De Haagse Bluf in the Haagseveer. Here you can also get maps, routes and travel brochures.


Explore with ZigZagCity, by StudioSpass

The festival is on during the opening weeks of the International Architecture Biennale from the 29th of May until the 9th of June 2014 and is open on festival days from 11.00h to 17.00h. A separate article about the International Architecture Bienale Rotterdam will follow soon.

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About The Author: Lydian Brunsting

'To be with Art is all we ask'- Gilbert and George. A quote that has stayed with me since I first saw it a couple of years ago. The word I would add though is 'travel' and that is, in fact, Art Weekenders, our new creation. The Art Weekenders project combines my passions for art, travel and photography, while we - at the same time - like to inspire and hopefully help you to prepare your art getaway. I am also photographer, writer and developer of the photoblog SHOuTography, a project that I started during a year of travelling through South-America to explore my life-long passion for photography.