Rotterdam Architecture Month 2022

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Rotterdam Architecture Month 2022 News

1 June 2022

Design: MVRDV

Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Het Nieuwe Instituut, MVRDV and Rotterdam Architecture Month open The Podium together

Crowd-puller designed by architects MVRDV

The Podium by MVRDV - Rotterdam Architecture Month
photo : Aad Hoogendoorn

The Podium by MVRDV – Rotterdam Architecture Month

Rotterdam, 1st of June 2022 – In recent weeks, Rotterdam saw a bright pink city stage on top of the roof of Het Nieuwe Instituut become a reality. The Podium was designed by MVRDV and is an initiative of Het Nieuwe Instituut. On Wednesday, 1 June, it will be opened in festive style by Ahmed Aboutaleb, the mayor of Rotterdam.

Visitors can climb the imposing exterior staircase and look out over the city at a height of 29 metres until 17 August 2022. The Podium is the Festival Heart of Rotterdam Architecture Month for the entire month of June. Admission to the Festival Heart is free.

The Podium by MVRDV - Rotterdam Architecture Month
photo : Aad Hoogendoorn

Rotterdam Architecture Month

On 1 June, the Festival Heart of Rotterdam Architecture Month opens at The Podium with an opening lecture by architect Ninke Happel from Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven Architecten. On the pink Podium, on the roof of Het Nieuwe Instituut, architectural events can be enjoyed throughout the month of June. Downstairs in Het Nieuwe Instituut, the main exhibition (T)Huis (House/Home), designed by Namelok, can be visited.

Together with over 80 partners, architecture festivals, lectures, tours, exhibitions, films and much more are being organized throughout Rotterdam the entire month of June. The theme in 2022 is Vista Rotterdam! with two special crowd-pullers that provide a unique view of Rotterdam: the Festival Heart with pink Podium at Het Nieuwe Instituut and the orange Rotterdam Rooftop Walk at the Rotterdam Rooftop Days.

RA Month main exhibition (T)Huis:
Rotterdam Architecture Month expo
photo : Aad Hoogendoorn


Some of the special collaborations on the programme this year are: mini-symposia such as The World Around by Het Nieuwe Instituut; the Municipality of Rotterdam’s Nature-inclusive Building and Architect in Action; the Day and Night of Architecture organized by OMI; the very first edition of Heilige Huisjes Rotterdam where Rotterdam churches, mosques, temples and synagogues open their doors to the public; the play ‘Once upon a roof’ in collaboration with the Rotterdam Rooftop Days; RA Month goes IJsselmonde, with workshops, an exhibition and a pop-up meeting pavilion, and the Open Bureau Day organized by AIR, the Architecture Institute Rotterdam, where visitors can take a look inside an architectural firm.

The Podium by MVRDV - Rotterdam Architecture Month
photo : Aad Hoogendoorn

More information and tickets

More information about the more than 100 architecture events to enjoy during RA Month can be found at Visitors to an architecture programme in the Festival Heart have automatic access to The Podium. So there is no need to reserve a time slot for The Podium.

In the month of June, during RA Month, admission is free. In July and August, an entrance fee of € 3 applies. To visit The Podium, reserving a time slot is necessary via

In the summer

After RA Month, The Podium will remain available to visit from 1 July to 17 August. In July and August, there is diverse programming from partners including Motel Mozaïque, NN North Sea Jazz Festival, Operator, Roffa Mon Amour and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. View the entire programme at

About Rotterdam Architecture Month

A whole month of architecture with festivals, lectures, tours, exhibitions, films and much more: Rotterdam Architecture Month (RA Month) celebrates the innovative power and quality of architecture every June. The theme of RA Month 2022 is Vista Rotterdam! RA Month highlights the significance of design and design power in a changing city, and encourages encounters and knowledge exchange between visitors, educational institutions and the design sector.

Over 80 collaborating partners are providing content for the programme. RA Month is an initiative of AIR, Rotterdam Festivals and Rotterdam Partners.

About Namelok

Namelok is a research-based, reflective design practice in Rotterdam. Founders Wiegert Ambagts and Kaj van Boheemen work with the team of multidisciplinary designers on projects and research studies in the full breadth of the architectural discipline. They see it as one of the main challenges of contemporary architects to relate to the world (once again) in which and for which they design.

About The Podium

The Podium is an initiative of Het Nieuwe Instituut, in collaboration with Rotterdam Architecture Month, among others. The MVRDV-designed installation on the roof of the institute provides an exhilarating view and is a location for concerts, debates, performances and other events being organized together with partners from Rotterdam and beyond.

The Podium coincides with the exhibition MVRDVHNI: The Living Archive of a Studio, which can currently be seen at the institute. Het Podium is made possible by COD, Dura Vermeer, Dutch Steigers Fonds 21, Gemeente Rotterdam, Jewellabs, Job Dura Fonds, Mol Lifting, Motel Mozaïque, MVRDV, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Rotterdam Architectuur Maand, Rotterdam Festivals, Rotterdam Partners, Senz, Stichting Verzameling van Wijngaarden-Boot, Stichting Volkskracht, Vriendenloterij en VSBfonds.

Previously on e-architect:

28 February 2022

Design: MVRDV, Architects

Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Festival heart Rotterdam Architecture Month settles on the roof of Het Nieuwe Instituut

Another high-level crowd-puller designed by architectural firm MVRDV

Rotterdam Architecture Month 2022 building design by MVRDV
image © MVRDV

Rotterdam Architecture Month News

Rotterdam is gaining a unique, temporary vantage point this summer. Rotterdam Architecture Month (RA Month) and Het Nieuwe Instituut are joining forces to build an urban podium on the roof of Het Nieuwe Instituut. Architecture events will be held at The Podium throughout the month of June. The Podium can be visited free of charge via a lift and a giant staircase along the institute’s façade.

The neon-pink installation with its imposing exterior staircase, designed by architects MVRDV, offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience architecture, the city, Museum Park and the Instituut from a whole new perspective. The Podium on Het Nieuwe Instituut can be seen as a logical successor to other impressive scaffolding installations designed by MVRDV. In 2017, for instance, the firm placed a gigantic staircase on Rotterdam’s Stationsplein as part of the city’s 75th anniversary of post-war reconstruction, and the Rotterdam Rooftop Days recently announced that it will build a Rotterdam Rooftop Walk above the centre of Rotterdam this year, also designed by MVRDV.

Rotterdam Architecture Month 2022 rooftop design by MVRDV Architects
picture © MVRDV

Vista Rotterdam
The theme for the upcoming edition of RA Month is appropriately enough ‘Vista Rotterdam’. What are the vistas? Together with visitors, professionals and students, RA Month zooms in on a pleasant living environment and focuses on the essential role of the design and designer in the spatial transitions that society is facing.

Festival Heart Rotterdam Architecture Month
Het Nieuwe Instituut will be renamed the Festival Heart of RA Month 2022 for the entire month of June. On 1 June 2022, it will be opened in festive style at The Podium with an opening lecture by a well-known architect. It kicks off a month of festivals, lectures, talks, films, tours and exhibitions about architecture. The main exhibition of RA Month has found a fitting home in Gallery 1 at Het Nieuwe Instituut. With the theme ‘(T)huis’ (House/Home), the main exhibition ties in with the theme of the Day of Architecture.

Rotterdam Architecture Month 2022 rooftop design by MVRDV
photo © MVRDV

The Podium
The Podium at Het Nieuwe Instituut is realized with support from the Municipality of Rotterdam, MVRDV, Rotterdam Architecture Month, Rotterdam Partners, Rotterdam Festivals, Foundation Job Dura Fund, Foundation Collection van Wijngaarden-Boot, Foundation Volkskracht, the VriendenLoterij, Dutch Steigers and Dura Vermeer. The Podium will remain open after RA Month for other cultural activities until 17 August. After RA Month, other cultural partners are invited to contribute items for the programme at The Podium.

About RA Month
RA Month takes place in June each year and chooses an appropriate new location for the Festival Heart each edition. It is the place where the power of architecture and design presents and renews itself in relation to urgent social issues. RA Month highlights the significance of design and design power in a changing city and encourages encounters and knowledge exchange between visitors, educational institutions and the design sector. Over 80 partners have already joined RA Month. Rotterdam Architecture Month is an initiative of AIR, Architecture Institute Rotterdam, Rotterdam Festivals and Rotterdam Partners.

About Het Nieuwe Instituut
Het Nieuwe Instituut is the national institute for architecture, design and digital culture. Located in the city of architecture Rotterdam, in Museumpark, Het Nieuwe Instituut has a variety of exhibition spaces, a museum shop, a museum café, a study room and library, an auditorium, educational spaces and a garden. It maintains one of the largest architectural collections in the world.

Images © MVRDV

Related links:

The Stairs – 180 Steps
Design: MVRDV, Architects
180 Steps
photo © Ossip van Duivenbode
180 Steps in Rotterdam – Central Station Stairs

Rotterdam Stationsplein giant staircase

MVRDV Architects

Rotterdam Architecture Month 2022 images / information received 280222 from AIR, Architectuur Instituut Rotterdam

Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands, western Europe

New Dutch Building Designs

Contemporary Netherlands Architecture – Dutch architectural selection below:

Recent architectural designs in Rotterdam

Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen
Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam building
photo © Ossip van Duivenbode
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

180 Steps
180 Steps
photograph © Ossip
180 Steps in Rotterdam

The Sax Tower, Wilheminapier
The Sax, Rotterdam Tower by MVRDV
image courtesy of MVRDV and WAX Architectural Visualisations
The Sax Building in Rotterdam

Weenapoint Complex
Weenapoint Complex Rotterdam Architecture News
images : MVRDV and Mozses
Weenapoint complex

MVRDV House Rotterdam
MVRDV House Rotterdam Architecture News
photograph © Ossip van Duivenbode
MVRDV House Rotterdam

Another Building by MVRDV in Rotterdam

Spijkenisse Public Library
Book Mountain

Rotterdam Architecture – Selection

Coolsingel Project
Coolsingel Rotterdam

Montevideo – tower
Mecanoo architecten
Montevideo Tower

MVRDV Building Designs

Buildings by MVRDV – Selection

Almere Vision 2030, The Netherlands
Almere Vision 2030

Almere Olympiakwartier Masterplan, The Netherlands
Almere Olympiakwartier Masterplan

Mecanoo architecten

Mecanoo architecten Netherlands

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