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 mostly carry 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 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, cafés and restaurants as the biggest part is still under (re)construction but a lot is happening at the moment like a new brewery 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. Plenty of events happening and sunshine galore.
Or go up to roof where the Luchtsingel project has finally connected to the nice new park if you want more green and shade. Added bonus: the nice views.