For many years now I’ve worked at the university, location Woudestein. And just like the city of Rotterdam, the Erasmus University was lacking a heart for many years. This changed almost three years ago at the centennial of the university in 2013 with the opening of the heart of the campus, the Erasmus Paviljoen. Amidst the concrete buildings, most of them designed in the late seventies of the twentieth century, a more up-to-date, modern building of glass and wood has been erected.
It hosts a theatre, study facilities and a grand café. It is used for lectures, concerts, theatre performances, expositions of art and photography, and for informal drinks and dinners for students and employees.
But everyone is free to visit the Erasmus Paviljoen and enjoy sitting at the terrace near the pool, and having dinner before the start of a performance. These performances are (almost always) open to all. And of course enjoy the architecture which has won a prize for sustainability.
The food is mostly organic and prices are kept low so as not to frighten away the students who don’t have much to spend. Recently I was surprised by an unexpected dish with an unexpected taste, the daily special, a ravioli with a kale sauce.
So visit campus Woudestein at the East side of town and mingle amongst the students and have a drink in the Erasmus Paviljoen.