Type of route Rooftop walk (no bicycle required)
Rooftops Hofplein 19 (Hofplein 19), ZOHO Schoterbosstraat (Vijverhofstraat 26), Theater ‘t Kapelletje (door het poortje tussen Schiekade 45 en 47)
Starting point Theater ‘t Kapelletje
Duration about 2 hours
A rooftop walk full of transformation! During this walk, you will go from the station district to North Rotterdam or vice versa, and you will visit three rooftops of buildings of very different sizes that have been given a completely new function over the years. You will also discover the future plans for the creative ZOHO district. Let yourself be surprised by the past and future of this part of Rotterdam.
On the route
Hofplein 19 was built in 1960 and was originally the headquarters of Shell. It has recently been completely renovated and now features a rooftop bar with a terrace. From the roof, you will have a good view of the Hofplein roundabout and the Coolsingel. Hofplein is currently still a very busy roundabout full of cars as well as the well-known fountain, but if it were up to the municipality, it would be completely transformed into a green oasis for pedestrians and cyclists in the next couple of years.
ZOHO stands for Zomerhof. For years, the neighbourhood around Zomerhofstraat has been a hotbed for creative entrepreneurs, catering and cultural activities. In the coming period, ZOHO will be transformed by Leyten-Stebru and 600 homes will be built there (30% social housing, 35% mid-segment and 35% luxury segment). The project is based on the principle of ‘what is good, stays good’. The intention is therefore to preserve the energy found in the area, while also making it greener and denser. Part of the master plan is a rooftop landscape that is 4,000 m2. During your visit to ZOHO, go up to the roof of the blue-and-white building, where you will have a view over the district and the Hofbogen. You can also learn more about these sustainable plans for the future there.
Theater ‘t Kapelletje is part of the Emmahuis housing block on the Schiekade. In 1932, the building was put into use as a home for the elderly. In 1972, the diaconate left the building and it was to be demolished. After a brief squatting period, it found its purpose as temporary housing, and artists held their studios in the building. The chapel remained and was converted into a theatre by members of the amateur theatre association R’71. That’s why it is now still called Theater ‘t Kapelletje (‘The Chapel Theatre’). The theatre is a meeting place for Rotterdam’s amateur performing arts in the broadest sense of the word. Many volunteers devote themselves to the preservation of this location. On your way to the roof, you will be surprised by poetry and stories about the theatre’s history. Once at the top, you will have a beautiful view of the Proveniers district and the city centre.