Rotterdam Central Library
Van den Broek & Bakema (1983)
The Central Library in Rotterdam is an instantly recognizable landmark, with its clusters of yellow tubes somewhat reminiscent of the Centre Pompidou. Built by Van den Broek & Bakema with Hans Boot as project architect, the library opened in 1983 to a mixed reception. As a symbol of Rotterdam’s transition from an industrial port to a knowledge center, from post-war monumentalism to human-scale urban planning, the library remains somewhat controversial to this day, though its importance in the Rotterdam cityscape cannot be denied.
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