OMA – De Rotterdam

© Ossip van Duivenbode/OMA

© Ossip van Duivenbode/OMA

Rotterdam is not a pretty city. Almost completely flattened during the Second World War, it was rebuilt in a no-nonsense post-war style, with a centre made up mostly of dreary office blocks. Dominated by its port, one of the world’s largest, Rotterdam has long struggled with under-occupied and low-value commercial space. But this profusion of cheap offices has been handy for architects, who have been able to set up without worrying too much about overheads – none more prominently than OMA, whose enigmatically nondescript office we visited in Icon 100.

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