The south bank of the Maas is a melting pot of government offices, companies, recreation and housing. Twelve metres underneath it, next to the monumental Erasmus bridge, lies the Wilhelminaplein metro station. The station was built in 1997, with the ambition to draw the centre of city life towards the South.
Nowadays, Wilhelminaplein is used by commuters who work in Rotterdam Zuid, or the visitors of Kop van Zuid who want to admire the skyline of Rotterdam. The unusually big height that adds transparency and visibility amongst almost all levels, from the platforms to the exit, is merely one of the reasons why I find this station so special.
As I step out of the metro, I notice that the platforms have a slight slope. This was made to accommodate for the upward route of the tunnel, as it rises to the ground at the next stop.
But the best is yet to come. As I go up the escalators, I find myself in a big space that leads to a long white tunnel with a moving walkway that awaits to take me to my destination in Kop van Zuid. This white metal tube creates an almost cinematic experience when exiting the station. The perforated metal panels have hidden lighting that changes colour as one walks along the tunnel. If this isn’t the place for metro selfies!