KPN Telecom Building
Renzo Piano Building Workshop
The building is designed by the
Renzo Piano Building Workshop for KPN Telecom. It is used as the
headquarters office building for the corporation.
The building is located at the
end of the Erasmus Bridge, which is an icon for the city of Rotterdam.
Rotterdam is continuing to be revitalized with new buildings after being
flattened by WWII bombing. This revitalization includes the KPN Telecom
It is a relatively tall tower in
the Netherlands since most of the country does not have high rises. The
building looks as if it is divided into three vertical sections. One
section faces the rest of the pier while another faces the city,
sandwiching a skinny section in the middle. The one facing the rest of the
pier is very simple in design, having a rectangular façade with window
openings evenly distributed.
The middle section is
terra-cotta in color. It has a slit of glass running on its sides making
this section look like a division in the middle of the tower.
The section that faces the city
and the Erasmus Bridge is the most interesting portion of the building.
The façade of this side is tilted and has a slanted pillar from the
ground going into the center of the façade. The façade is clad with a
green curtain wall system that is complemented by green lights distributed
evenly over the glass façade. The lights work as a giant billboard and
the patterns they create are easiest to see at night time or on an
overcast day. These patterns change and move throughout the day.
Wilma Kwan 2003
How to visit
The building is located right
next to the end of the Erasmus Bridge (designed by Van Berkel & Bos
Architecten) on the Kop van Zuid side. The closest Metro stop to the
building is Wilhelminaplein. From the Metro stop you can walk towards
Posthuma Laan and you will see the KPN Telecom Building.
From Centraal station if you
bike, it will take roughly half an hour. Take Wester Singel south all the
way down to Vasteland. Make a left onto Vasteland and then you will see
the Erasmus Bridge on your right. Get on the bridge and once you get to
the other end of the bridge you will see the KPN Telecom Building on the
For more information about the
building please visit www.renzopiano.com
and for more information about KPN Telecom and the building's
accessibility, please visit www.kpn.com.
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