Type of route Cycling route (bring your own bike)
Rooftops HBS ‘s Gravendijkwal (‘s Gravendijkwal 58), Kamer van Koophandel (Blaak 40), Groot Handelsgebouw (Stationsplein 45)
Starting point Kamer van Koophandel
Restrictions Minimum age 12 years old (no children’s rate available); flat shoes are compulsory
This varied rooftop route takes you past old monuments and post-war architecture from the 50s. The former HBS on ‘s Gravendijkwal is now an incubator for creative entrepreneurs. Let yourself be surprised by the tenants’ art. Discover the Scheepvaartkwartier from the Kamer van Koophandel and admire Central Station from above while you pass free runners on top of Groot Handelsgebouw.
On the route
HBS ‘s Gravendijkwal is a monumental school building from the early twentieth century. The building is now managed by SKAR, an organisation that manages creative incubators throughout Rotterdam. In consultation with the municipality, SKAR, Dansateliers and GROUNDS developed a plan to turn the former school into a new incubator for the performing arts. On the roof, you will enjoy the view over the New West district and will be surprised by ‘rooftop musicians’ from New Grounds, the venue for new talent that is now located there.
Kamer van Koophandel, a national monument at Blaak 40, was opened in 1950 as one of the first post-war reconstruction projects and was designed by Kraaijvanger Architecten. The building originally housed the Amsterdamsche Incasso Bank. After a first taste last year, we can once again take to the roof of this stately former bank building. A walk on this roof offers a beautiful view of Blaak, the city centre and the surrounding Scheepvaartkwartier. On the roof, you will come across Urban Sketchers, who draw the urban environment on location.
The Groot Handelsgebouw, designed by architect Hugh Maaskant, was opened in 1953 and has since become an important symbol of the post-war reconstruction of Rotterdam. The 338,000 m2 multi-tenant business building provided a solution for the lack of business space that arose after the bombing. The enormous rooftop is normally only accessible to tenants, but during the Rotterdamse Dakendagen, everyone can go up and take a nice stroll.