Rotterdam articles

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Openings: Hospitality spaces from France's wine country to the West Coast

Airbnb takes to a small Italian village, Starbucks opens its largest roastery yet, branded hotels spring up and more in hospitality interior news.

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‘Dutch life was like being squeezed into a corset,’ remembers OMA’s Ellen van Loon

Rotterdam – Ten years in a boarding school taught Ellen van Loon how to create a private space in her mind – a skill that serves her well as OMA partner. 

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Nine ambassadors of innovation shaped the most recent MaterialDistrict exhibition

Rotterdam – MaterialDistrict tapped nine ambassadors, including architect Ben van Berkel and Fashion Council NL founder Liesbeth in 't Hout, to represent six market sectors.

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From oysters to cheese, MaterialDistrict presents the building blocks of the future

Rotterdam – Walls made of fungi, coffee couture and bioplastics made of cheese, weeds or manure? Welcome the latest innovations at MaterialDistrict Rotterdam.

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Can hotels surprise us even when we can see everything in advance online?

Rotterdam – Leaning on both the hyper focus of genius loci and a bird’s-eye view of its audience, the new Room Mate Hotel in Rotterdam does mid-market hospitality well. 

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Book now or never: This travel agency takes you to places with an expiration date

Rotterdam – To confront globetrotters with their impact on the Earth, Felix Leenders set up a travel agency that offers excursions to destinations affected by climate change.

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Capsule hotels are gaining ground in Asia and beyond

From a no-frills cell to colour-controlled surroundings, capsule hotels cater to guests in Japan and beyond.

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Freitag’s pragmatic retail design feels right at home in Rotterdam

Rotterdam – Freitag by Eduard Leiden’s design honours the pragmatic sustainability exercised in both the brand and its host city.

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The city hotels of the future takes millennial connectivity to new places

Rotterdam – Studio Modijefsky’s design for CityHub reveals that the future of travel is less about the space and more about facilitating experience of the local context.

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Urban jungle office, Burle Marx style: StudioSpass takes inspiration from landscape art

Rotterdam, Netherlands – Colourful forms and furniture transform Cambridge Innovation Center’s common area into a surreal sculpture garden.

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Anne Hardy creates a post-apocalyptic world where the only thing left is colour

Rotterdam – In the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Anne Hardy fills a site-specific colourscape with an assemblage of found objects that take on a strange new meaning.

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Breaking the Fourth Wall: Architecture Film Festivals

Around the world these events celebrate and showcase this other layer of architecture and here are three upcoming festivals to check out!