Photographer's Note

The Rotterdam celebrates the city festival in 2016 (Rotterdam viert de stad) celebrated 75 years of Rotterdam reconstruction after the destruction of the city centre in WW2.

The Stairs was one of the venues of the festival. At the moment of capturing it was almost completed. It temporarily connected the Station square with the roof of the Groothandelsgebouw. It was 29 meters high and 57 meters long. Ascending the stairs and strolling on the the roof offered a progression of spectacular views over the city, enabling the public to take in the massive scale of Rotterdams constant urban reconstruction / (re)development.

Architect Winy Maas (MRDRV): Back in the day I would look out over Rotterdam after the film in Kriterion (then a film theatre, now convention space on top of the roof of the Groothandelsgebouw). It offered a fantastic view of the city. The roof of the Groot Handelsgebouw, one of the best buildings from the reconstruction period in the Netherlands, deserves to be used as a basis for the next re-invention of Rotterdam. With these stairs we want to offer this suggestion and celebrate at the same time. The Stairs must create more liveliness on the roof and show a second layer in the next step of urban development of Rotterdam. A second coming. It would be good to make it a permanent fixture." Alas it didnt.

In the WS is a wider view with the aforementioned former 'Kriterion' cinema om top.

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1934 W: 118 N: 4384] (14208)
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