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 (both in South Holland) may be smaller in population than Amsterdam, but both are bigger when it comes to height. So much so, that had we been considering all of the Netherlands, the list below would barely change. Tilburg’s Westpoint Tower (141.6 meters) would have landed at #10.
10 TALLEST BUILDINGS IN SOUTH HOLLAND
#1 DE ZALMHAVEN: 215 meters (65 stories), completed in 2021, located between the Erasmus Bridge and Museumpark in Rotterdam. It is the tallest building in the Netherlands and the entire Benelux. More info.
#2 MAASTOREN: 165 meters (50 stories) tall office building, completed in 2010, located on Wilhelminapier in Rotterdam. More info.
#3 NEW ORLEANS: 158 meters (48 stories) residential building, completed in 2010 and also located on Wilhelminapier in Rotterdam. More info.
#4 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. More info.
#5 DE ROTTERDAM: 149 meters (45.1 stories) vertical city complex includes a hotel, restaurants, residential apartments and commercial offices. Completed in 2013 and located on Wilhelminapier, near the Nieuwe Luxor Theater and Erasmus Bridge. More info.
#6 Tie MINISTRY OF JUSTICE/ MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR: 146 meters (44.2 stories) matching towers built on top of one shared base. Completed in 2012, they are located in downtown The Hague, near Den Haag Centraal train station. More info.
#8 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, asymmetric 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.
#10 MONTEVIDEO: 139.5 meters (42 stories) multi-use (residential, office, retail) building completed in 2005 and located on Wilhelminapier in Rotterdam. The “M” on top is both a logo and functioning weather vane (it brings the total height up to 152.3 meters). More info.