MVRDV creates 600-metre long walkway that bridges Rotterdam roofs

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Dutch architectural studio MVRDV has opened a temporary bright orange rooftop installation in Rotterdam, the Rotterdam Rooftop Walk. It intersects the rooflines of two adjacent buildings.

The Rotterdam Rooftop Walk is a temporary walkable installation that stretches to the side of Rotterdam’s World Trade Center and bridges the city’s Biencorf department store.

The Rotterdam Rooftop Walk is an orange elevated walkway designed by MVRDV.

The 600-meter-long installation was built by scaffolding construction company Dutch Steigers as part of the Rotterdam Rooftop Days. Rotterdam Rooftop Days is a festival that creates new spaces that offer visitors the opportunity to meander the roofs of the city and discover several rooftop exhibits.

Starting from the World Trade Center in Rotterdam, MVRDV’s orange walkways extend around the base of the office building and across its rooftop.

Rotterdam Rooftop Walk crosses 30 meters above Coolsingel
The installation straddles the roofs of office buildings and department stores

The sidewalk structure is supported by a scaffolding system that moves up and down across the terrain of the roof of the building.

Many rooftop exhibitions and installations aim to emphasize and raise awareness of the ease of use of rooftop space, especially for plant life, water storage, food and energy production.

From the World Trade Center in Rotterdam, the Rotterdam Rooftop Walk installation bridges two roofs 30 meters above Coolsingel, one of the city’s most famous streets.

After crossing Kolsinger, a long 600-meter walkway leads visitors to the rooftop of the Biencorf department store. The department store is similarly adorned with installations and exhibits by several artists, architects and designers.

Aerial view of the bridge across the street
The structure was built by Schwein in the Netherlands

“In 2016, we designed a staircase to Criterion, which attracted about 370,000 visitors, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Rotterdam’s reconstruction,” said Winy Maas, founding partner of MVRDV.

“At that time, the idea was born that it would be better to make a sequel to the project.”

“We need to not only occupy the roofs and make them green, but also connect them so that we can offer Rotterdamer a new rooftop park!” Mars continued. “For this reason, the orange carpet and the Coolsingel bridge are great early test cases.”

Image of rooftop exhibition that continuously highlights using the rooftop
There is an exhibition on the roof that emphasizes how to use the space.

The Rotterdam Rooftop Walk is open from May 26th to June 24th, 2022.

In early 2022, as part of Rotterdam Rooftop Days, the studio announced plans to install a huge neon pink staircase on the exterior walls of the Rotterdam Het New Way Institute.

The studio was also responsible for the controversial Marble Arch Mound project and criticized London’s Westminster City Council for the “loveless execution” of the studio’s design.

The photo is by Ossipvan Duivenbode.

The Rotterdam Rooftop Walk will take place from May 26th to June 24th, 2022 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. See the Dezeen Event Guide for the latest list of architectural and design events taking place around the world.

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