The Podium Public Event Space in Rotterdam, The Netherlands


This summer, a new temporary event location will grace the roof of Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. At a height of 29 metres – accessed via a 143-step staircase – The Podium’s visibility will be increased by its striking pink colour. Het Nieuwe Instituut commissioned MVRDV to create the event space, which will be programmed by a variety of Rotterdam institutions and creatives. Enabling the use of a rooftop that has never before been accessible to the public, The Podium offers a unique opportunity to experience architecture, the city, the Museumpark and Het Nieuwe Instituut from a completely new perspective. The Podium will open on June 1st, forming the heart of the Rotterdam Architecture Month Festival, and it will continue to be used for events until August 17th. With the panoramic view from its distinctive pergola, the building by Jo Coenen inspired the design team to create the platform. At 600 square metres, the platform is large enough to host a variety of events and meetings.

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