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Beursplein

  • Rotterdam, Netherlands 1996

Nearly fifty years after World War II, Rotterdam was still suffering from poor reconstruction. The city's busiest traffic artery severed downtown shopping into two separate, and weakened, districts. To heal the split and the city, Jerde collaborated with de Architecten Cie to create a pedestrian street below the six-lane traffic barrier. Open to the sky, under gently curving glass canopies that protect shoppers against inclement weather, Beursplein echoes earlier times when the neighborhood was an upscale retail arcade. Together with a 30-floor residential tower, shopping gallery, and metro station, Beursplein reintroduced living, shopping, and entertainment into the heart of Rotterdam. The result is the rebirth of an extremely popular shopping and entertainment destination. Local newspapers reported that 1.5 million people celebrated the opening of Beursplein. Another two million visi­ted the second day.

Project Uses:
  • Open/Public Space
  • Entertainment
  • Retail
  • Transportation

Beursplein

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Beursplein

Awards

  • 1998International Real Estate Federation, ParisInternational Council of Shopping Centers
  • 1997Honor AwardAmerican Institute of Architects
  • 1997Merit Award, Urban DesignAmerican Institute of Architects, Los Angeles Chapter
  • 1997Shopping Center AwardEuropean International Council of Shopping Centers