City Mall


Many Dutch cities dras­ti­cally changed and devel­oped their cen­ters from the 50s and 60s onward. In places such as Zoeter­meer, Almere, Rot­ter­dam and so on, the city cen­tre devel­oped around one main activ­ity: shop­ping. So far noth­ing new, but the impres­sive aspect is the extrav­a­gance and mon­u­men­tal­ity reached by new shop­ping roads and malls within the city’s core. In con­trast with the sobri­ety of Rot­ter­dam’ Lijn­baan devised and real­ized right after WW2, Zoeter­meer shows a new scale and image of the shop­ping. In Rot­ter­dam, a sim­i­lar attempt is rep­re­sented by OMA’s Coolsin­gel project, the ini­tial pro­posal was def­i­nitely dar­ing due to its crazy struc­ture and large scale.

How­ever, what is more shock­ing of the Zoeter­meer case is the deep con­trast between what is ded­i­cated to shop­ping and what is ded­i­cated to pub­lic activ­i­ties, such as the city hall, pub­lic library and train sta­tion. It seems as if some­one for­got about the last ones.

Shop­ping in Zoetermeer:


City Hall and main square in Zoetermeer:



Rot­ter­dam Lijnbaan:

Coolsin­gel by OMA, ini­tial proposal:

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2 thoughts on “City Mall

  1. 1001 00101 says:

    They are designed by men who have a clear idea of what sell­ing is about!

  2. nomoreladida says:

    I won­der how many of these build­ings were designed by men. Us men have no idea what shop­ping is about, why bother design­ing them?

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