I’d like to think that Rotterdam 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 lost 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 goes 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.
The spaces underneath now house shops, café’s, restaurants and a gallery but the biggest part is still under (re)construction > check the other half from Zomerhofstr. to Bergweg. The former Hofpleinstation part is finished and has been renamed from MiniMall to uh…Station Hofplein.
Their big outdoor terrace is inviting to hang around in warmer seasons 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!