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Witte Huis, Rotterdam

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Architectural Building Historic Site
The Witte Huis or White House is a building and National Heritage Site in Rotterdam, Netherlands, built in 1898 in the Art Nouveau style. The building is 43m tall, with 10 floors. It was also the first hoogbouw (literally: high-rise building) in Europe. The building is listed as a Rijksmonument.ConstructionThe architect Willem Molenbroek designed the 10-storey building, at the time an unprecedented height in Europe. The site at Wijnhaven 3 is just 1 m above sea-level and skeptics claimed that the soft soil of Rotterdam would be unable to adequately support the building, so before construction could properly begin, 1000 piles were driven into the ground to support the building's weight. The building is constructed from iron and steel and concrete, and includes two thick interior walls which increase the building's strength. Unlike many other contemporary buildings of the time, wood was not a significant construction material due to the fear of fire. The building cost 127,900 Dutch guilders.It was also one of the few buildings in central Rotterdam to survive the German bombing campaigns of World War II.
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  • An interesting building, great for photographs (especially taken from across the Old Harbour, for a reflection in the water).  more »
  • The Witte Huis has become my local as it is within distance of my workplace, reasonably priced,has great artisan biers and is next to station blaak,super easy to grab a train or metro afterwards.The t...  more »
  • Witte Huis is very distinctive. When we were looking for it we thought it meant "white house" but it is certainly not white. Tallest structure in the area and hard to miss. Used it as a guide for part...  more »

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