I’d like to think that Rotterdam has not only started to appreciate its old(er) constructions but also wants to give people a chance to transform and re-use these places when they shut down and lose their functionality.
The monumental Hofbogen is one of these places, a 1.9 km long viaduct railroad, the Hofpleinlijn, in the north part of town, which went from Rotterdam to the Hague. It was built in the beginning of the 20th century to carry mostly people to the beach of Scheveningen but also connected with other small cities.
The former Hofpleinstation has been the location for several interesting performances like the dance piece Common Ground by dance company Conny Janssen Danst, the Motel Mozaique Festival or Roffa Mon Amour, an annual outdoor movie event on the rooftop.
This part here is finished with renovation and has been renamed from MiniMall to uh…Station Hofplein.
The spaces houses i.e. jazzvenue Bird, shops, café’s and restaurants as the biggest part is still under (re)construction but a lot is happening at the moment, like a new markethall nearby. Do check the other half of the Hofbogen from Zomerhofstr. to Bergweg. These businesses have brought new lively vibrations to this slightly neglected area.
The big outdoor terrace at Raampoortstr. is inviting to hang around during summer when they organise events or block parties during the day. Sunshine galore.
The Luchtsingel project finally connects to this part and a nice city park is created on top. Come and see for yourself!