South Holland’s ten tallest buildings are equally distributed between Rotterdam and The Hague. Interesting to note that only one of these towers was built prior to the millennium.
A skyscraper can take years to build, which is nothing when compared to the number of years it can influence a city’s skyline, be a source of pride (or shame) for residents and an icon visitors and tourists identify with the city after they’ve gone. Several of South Holland’s tallest buildings fit this description, while others come off as just a tall building.
Rotterdam and The Hague may be smaller in population than Amsterdam, but both are bigger when it comes to height. In fact, if we had been considering the entire country instead of just the South Holland province, Amsterdam’s tallest building, the Rembrandt Tower (135 meters), would just barely make the list of ten tallest buildings, squeaking in at #10. The only other building that would have made the list is Tilburg’s Westpoint Tower (142 meters), which would have landed at #8.
Here are the 10 tallest buildings in South Holland, Netherlands (through 2013):
#1 MAASTOREN: 165 meters (50 stories), completed in 2010, located on Rotterdam’s Wilhelminapier, it is the tallest building in the Netherlands.
#2 NEW ORLEANS: 158 meters (almost 48 stories), also completed in 2010, also located on Rotterdam’s Wilhelminapier, this is the tallest residential tower in the Netherlands.
#3 DEFLTSE POORT: 151 meters (45.8 stories), completed in 1992 (this is the only building among South Holland’s ten tallest that was built before the Millennium), located in the Rotterdam city center, adjacent to the central train station.
#4 DE ROTTERDAM: 149 meters (45.1) stories, completed 2013, located on Rotterdam’s Wilhelminapier, near the Nieuwe Luxor Theater and the Erasmus Bridge.
#5 Tie MINISTRY OF JUSTICE/ MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR: 146 meters (44.2 stories) , completed in 2012, located in downtown The Hague, near the central train station.
#7 Tie HOFTOREN/NEW BABYLON: 142 meters (43 stories), the same height, yet they have extremely divergent architectural looks. While the Hoftoren is identified by its curvy, assymetric shape, the New Babylon is more traditional with squared off corners. The Hoftoren is an office building and home to the Ministry of Education, Culture & Science, while the New Babylon is a mixed use residential/office tower.
#9 MONTEVIDEO: 140 meters (42.4 stories), completed in 2005, located on Rotterdam’s Wilhelminapier, in close proximity to 3 other buildings on this list. It was named after the former warehouse that stood where the building is located today. The “M” on top, which is both a logo and functioning weather vane, is not included in the height of the building.
#10 HAAGSTOREN (THE HAGUE TOWER): 132 meters (40 stories), completed in 2007, located adjacent to The Hague HollandSpoor train station. Aside from its interesting 3-sided shape (based on New York’s Flatiron Building), the Haagstoren is one of the tallest towers ever constructed on such a small plot of land (only 30×35 meters). It is the 5th tallest residential building in the Netherlands.