When a city starts opening to tourism, sometimes it is difficult to find a way to walk it and understand it in a fuller way. In the last few years, many other eyes have turned to Rotterdam thanks to mentions in worldwide press on how this port city is unique in many ways, but mostly related to architecture. So, Rotterdam receives hundreds of architects annually that want to see the highlights… but what about the deep history behind the short stubs in tourism magazines?
OMI is a unique institution in the city: at the same time a space and a collective of ideas and specialists that interpret and guide you through the most recondite spaces of Rotterdam. They are also a publishing house that designs and presents maps and books about the city with a unique interpretation. They also offer tours with specialists aimed to both new comers and dwellers to understand the urban processes in effect in Rotterdam. On top of everything, they sell souvenirs. And coffee. And rent out bikes.
If you have an interest in the ever-changing architecture of Rotterdam, this is your place to come. I’m sure you will find something unique to attract your eyes and soul.