KNOWN AS ‘THE DEPOT’, IT LOOKS LIKE A GIANT FLOWERPOT, AND SITS IN ROTTERDAM

As a cultural symbol in mirrored glass, it occupies space in the heart of Rotterdam, just as the Eiffel Tower does in Paris. It reflects the extraordinary character of its function – to store more than 151,000 works of art in the collection of The Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum close-by. This outstanding Museum itself is under construction until at least 2028. Rotterdam, a major world port city, was reduced to ashes in the City Centre by bombardments of the Luftwaffe in 1940. It has been rebuilt over many years in successive strata – a worthy competitor to  Amsterdam. I first visited Rotterdam in the 1950’s when it was pulling itself together. These days architects and construction experts are creating a magnificent old and new Dutch metropolis, certainly worth more than one visit.