Edge of the city
Art was an integral part of the railway post office as well. From the outset, it was intended to be not only functional, but filled with artworks. More than 15 well-known local artists supplied work, including Dolf Henkes, Wally Elenbaas, Kees Timmer, Henk de Vos and Gust Romijn. These artworks, which bore no relation to post and were displayed mainly in the stairwells, are still preserved today.
In 1992, the postal sorting facility was relocated to the edge of the city, leaving the railway post office vacant for years. It was finally renovated by a project investor in 2007-2009 and converted into a multi-tenant office building that was renamed Central Post. When the building reopened in 2010, it offered two thousand workspaces and was the most sustainable listed building in the Netherlands. Today, Central Post is an important part of the Rotterdam Central District.
To read more about this building, take a look at wederopbouw.nl
Facts & figures
Original use: Postal processing/sorting company
Current use: multi-tenant office building
Dimensions: 52 metres tall, 105 metres long
Text: Fleur Nuisker
Photography: Marlies Lageweg & Herbert Behrens & Ary Groeneveld