Let's go on the roof!

The Rotterdam Rooftop Days 2024 look very promising

They're almost here again: the iconic Rotterdam Rooftop Days. From Thursday the 23rd to Sunday the 26th of May you can (almost) walk with your head in the clouds, admire unique architecture and enjoy beautiful view after view.

Love the City
6 May 2024
By Lisanne Van Beurden

This year, once again, we are all getting high again, onto the roofs of Rotterdam that is. In Rotterdam there is 18.5 km2 of flat roof, of which 1 km2 is in the city centre. Rotterdam is a busy city where space is scarce, so using surfaces that are generally less accessible is not a bad idea at all.

The organisation of Rotterdam Rooftop Days annually shows how Rotterdam residents can contribute to a healthy, vibrant, inclusive and sustainable city by using the roof landscape. Together we can celebrate and stimulate the vision they have for our (near) future.

Why roofs?

Good question. Besides the fact that Rotterdam is sometimes a bit cramped, we need more space and we can undoubtedly use all those square kilometers to promote sustainability, the Rotterdam Rooftop Days initiative is a strong example of good work because:

Rotterdam is unique in the Netherlands and Europe in terms of architectural culture, as well as in the buildings this has produced. This is partly due to the reconstruction after the bombings, the city had to be resurrected from the ashes of the war. As painful as this past is, it has made room for a future that we have built and continue to build with hard work. A future with an impressive skyline and a vibrant city centre full of new buildings by well-known architects.

Also, being on a roof is something special. It brings new perspective. And a bit of peace. In a city like Rotterdam - which is always 'on' - it is nice to be above the noise every now and then, literally.

In recent years, more attention has been paid to the use of roofs by architects and designers, policy makers focused on sustainability and property owners with a their eye on climate goals. This is a very positive development.


Visit these Rotterdam roofs in 2024

Rotterdam Rooftop Days is a cultural organisation aimed at making roofs available as a creative workplace. According to them, the way in which roofs are used says something about the future we want for the city. That is why they work together with cultural makers, designers and residents. In this way they build a roof philosophy with an appropriate vision.

During the Rotterdam Rooftop Days 2024 you can visit the following roofs:

- ABN Zuidplein, Zuidplein 54
- Central Post, Delftseplein 31
- De Doelen, Schouwburfplein 50
- De Groene Kaap, Maashaven Noordzijde 31
- De Heuvel, Grotekerkplein 5
- Heineken building, Crooswijksesingel 50
- Jan Prins and Willibrordschool, Nieuwstraat 15
- Las Palmas, Wilhelminakade 332
- Laurenskerk, Grotekerkplein 27
- Hofboog Luchtpark, Raampoortstraat 15
- Maassilo, Maashaven Zuidzijde 1-2
- Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25
- Rotterdam Buulding, Aert van Nesstraat 45


The Lobby rooftop

Manhave fully supports an organisation like Rotterdam Rooftop Days and is therefore looking forward to this special event. Of course we will go onto the roofs ourselves, but in the meantime we continue to work passionately on the opening of our own roof of The Lobby: a roof pavilion with a green roof terrace, accessible from high-quality catering establishments located on the top floor of the building.

The roof of The Lobby is designed with sliding glass doors and lots of light, will be accessible to the public at any time of the year in the near future and it will offer a relaxing view for the residents of the City House across the Kruiskade.

Practical information Rotterdam Rooftop Days

When: the Rotterdam Rooftop Days 2024 will take place from Thursday the 23rd until Sunday the 26th of May.

Where: throughout Rotterdam. Check the Rotterdam Rooftop Days website for specific information about the roofs and tickets.

Access: some roofs are free to visit, others require a roof pass. Get your roof pass via the Rotterdam Rooftop Days website.

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