The Stairs to Kriterion are a nod to 75 years of rebuilding Rotterdam. The temporary exhibition offers an impressive landmark for the cultural event ‘Rotterdam celebrates the city!’. The scaffolding responds to the angles of the Rotterdam Central Station, connecting the contemporary icon with a historic monument, whilst through its construction referencing the reconstruction that the city has experienced.
“I used to see Rotterdam from the Kriterion after the films and it gave a fantastic overview of the city” explains Winy Maas, co-founder of MVRDV. “The roof of the Groot Handelsgebouw, one of the best buildings of the reconstruction of the Netherlands, deserves to be used as a base for the next intensification of Rotterdam. The Stairs suggest that.”
“The Stairs aim to animate the rooftop and to imagine a second layer in the next step of Rotterdam’s urban planning. A second reconstruction.” Tells Winy Maas. “It would be good to make it a permanent fixture.”
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- We were informed that ten years ago West8 had created a temporary stair made of scaffolding leading onto the roof-top of Las Palmas, a striking historic building in Rotterdam. There are similarities between the two stairs, so we want to credit Adriaan Geuze, West 8 and DaF for this wonderful idea. In our design process, we started with the dream of a permanent escalator which then turned into a temporary project made of scaffolding. Dutch construction legislation then made the stair into the current design. Even though we did not copy the stair design by our colleagues, we still want to express our respect for the earlier project and its makers.