Giant scaffold staircase to be built in Rotterdam

A 180-step staircase will be built in Rotterdam to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the city’s recovery from the Second World War.

The 29m tall, 57m long structure will be built out of scaffolding and placed outside Rotterdam’s Central Station, where it will lead to the top of Groot Handelsgebouw, one of the first large buildings built after the bombing of the city in 1940.

Local firm MVRDV will design the project, known as "the Stairs".

The steps will lead to the Kriterion, a rooftop cinema built in the 1960s that will offer views across the city from an observation deck.

The cinema will reopen for the event, and will offer a wide variety of films, debates and performances.

Winy Maas, co-founder of MVRDV, said: "I used to see Rotterdam from the Kriterion after the films and it gave a fantastic overview of the city.

"The roof of the Groot Handelsgebouw, one of the best buildings of the reconstruction of the Netherlands, deserves to be used as a base for the next intensification of Rotterdam. The Stairs suggest that."

The project will be open from 16 May 2016 until 12 June, but Winy Maas says: "It would be good to make it a permanent fixture."

Admission is free.

Images via MVRDV

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