This year, the Land van Hoboken is the new site for Architecture Day. During the kick-off to Architecture Day the Office of Metropolitan Information (OMI) and Het Nieuwe Instituut will give a lecture where they zoom in closer on the history of Hoboken, the current and future developments in the Museumpark and the wealth of urban parks in Rotterdam.
This year’s edition of Architecture Day focuses on the buildings in the Maritiem District, Wilhelminapier and Land van Hoboken. In the 19th century the shipowner Anthony van Hoboken lived with his family in Villa Dijkzigt (now the Natural Historical Museum) on this estate, situated between the Rochussenstraat and the Westzeedijk.
Today the Land van Hoboken is a patchwork of urban fragments – ranging from a small villa park to a large medical complex – and landscape fragments. As a whole it reveals diverse approaches to the design, use and management of greenery in the city. Each location has acquired a position of its own, ranging from a carefully laid out English landscape garden to the new wilderness.
OMI and Het Nieuwe Instituut will explore the Land of Hoboken as a patchwork of gardens in conjunction with the current Dissident Gardens programme. Cor Geluk from Juurlink+Geluk will speak about the green areas of the Erasmus Medical Centre, Arjen Ketting from the MVRDV firm of architects will show you what the roof garden of the new Boijmans Van Beuningen Depot will look like, and André de Baerdemaeker will deal with urban nature in the Museumpark.
Further information can be found at the information desk in the foyer of Het Nieuwe Instituut during the Architecture Day(s).
From 1 to 30 June 2018 the Rotterdam Architecture Month takes place in Rotterdam. See the full and most recent programme on rotterdamarchitecturemonth.com