OMI is a public center for architecture and city culture, with an information desk, exhibition space, bookshop and an extensive excursion programme.



This unique factory built in 1931 has a UNESCO World Heritage status and is a wonderful example of Dutch modernism. In a 60-minutes tour, hear all about the architecture, the history of  Van Nelle, the production process and the transformation from a manufacturing factory to a culture factory.

Deze unieke ‘fabriek’ uit het 1931 heeft een UNESCO wereld-erfgoedstatus en is een prachtig voorbeeld van het Nederlands modernisme. In een tour van 60 minuten komen de architectuur, de geschiedenis van Van Nelle, het productieproces en de transformatie van een fabriek naar een cultuurfabriek aan bod.

Tickets: Sat & Sun, 10:30
Start: Van Nelleweg 1

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Your urban bike tour along the progressive architecture of Rotterdam. In 2.5 hours, you’ll crisscross through the city centre, across the impressive bridges, along the quaysides and get off your bike to better experience these spectacular buildings.

Met deze fietstour ontdek je de fantastische architectuur van Rotterdam. In 2,5 uur fietst u kriskras door het stadscentrum, over de imposante bruggen, langs de havenkades en stapt u af om dé spectaculaire gebouwen beter te ervaren.

Tickets: Sat. 10:30
Start: OMI, Schiekade 205

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Maps & Routes

De architectuurkaart brengt Rotterdam in beeld met kaarten, foto’s en routes. In een uniek ontwerp van 75B, met de nieuwste foto’s van architectuurfotograaf Ossip van Duivenbode en de support van AIR. Ruim 300 bouwwerken tonen de rijkdom aan bijzondere architectuur zoals pleinen, parken, bruggen, tunnels, woningen, winkels, café’s, kantoren, musea en pakhuizen. Ga op reis langs de projecten en proef de sfeer van de verschillende stadsdelen: De groene oases in Oost, de industriële architectuur in West, de experimentele woningbouw in Zuid en de stedelijke recreatie in Noord. Voor slechts € 8,95 verkrijgbaar bij OMI en NAi Bookverkopers.


The Architecture Maps surveys Rotterdam in maps, photographs and routes. A unique design by 75B, with the newest photos by Ossip van Duivenbode and the support of AIR. Over 300 sites showcase the best projects of the city. The numerous attractions include squares, parks, bridges, tunnels, houses, shops, cafés, offices, museums and warehouses. Travel from project to project and savour the atmosphere of distinctive districts: green oases in East, industrial architecture in West, experimental housing in South an urban recreation in North. Now available for € 8.95 at OMI and NAi Booksellers.



75 Years Rotterdam

Een speciale routekaart, gemaakt in samenwerking met CBK Rotterdam, leidt langs de naoorlogse kunst en architectuur: 75 jaar Rotterdam in een notendop. De route voert door de Rotterdamse binnenstad, van het nieuwe Centraal Station naar de spectaculaire Markhal. Onderweg is er aandacht voor markante gebouwen en beeldende kunst die de afgelopen 75 jaar zijn gerealiseerd. Voor slechts € 3,50 verkrijgbaar bij OMI en NAi Boekverkopers.

Wandeling Kunst & Architectuur Tour
vanaf zo 27 maart t/m zo 12 juni 2016
Elke zondag 12.00 uur | 2 uur | Nederlands
Start: OMI, Schiekade 205
Prijs: € 15,- incl. Kunst & Architectuurkaart (50% korting i.c.m. Rotterdampas)
Tickets via UrbanGuides


A specially designed roadmap, made in collaboration with CBK Rotterdam, leads you along Rotterdam’s post-war art and architecture.The route runs through the centre of Rotterdam, from de brand-new Central Station to the spectacular Market Hall. Along the way, it takes striking buildings and beautiful works of arts that have been added to the city over the past 75 years. One may call it ’75 years of Rotterdam in a nutshell’. Now available for € 3,50 at OMI and NAi Booksellers.

Rotterdam ByCycle Art & Architecture
from Sat 26 March until Sat 11 June 2016
Every Saturday at 10.30 | 2,5 Hours | English
Start: OMI, Schiekade 205
Price: € 25,- incl. Art & Architecture Map (25% discount with Rotterdam Welcome Card)
Tickets via UrbanGuides



Architecture festival ZigZagCity is an expedition through Rotterdam, a journey of the more unexpected places in town. In this edition the festival focuses on the Hoogkwartier, an area that was rebuilt after the Rotterdam blitz and which urban design is unique in the Netherlands.

Architectuurfestival ZigZagCity is een ontdekkingstocht door Rotterdam, een reis langs onverwachte plekken, weg van de gebaande paden. Deze festivaleditie verkennen we het Hoogkwartier, een karakteristieke wederopbouwwijk zoals je die alleen in Rotterdam tegenkomt.

Rotterdam Architecture Month

OMI Rotterdam is the central information point for the Rotterdam Architecture Month. June 2016 is the month to enjoy and discover what Rotterdam has to offer, a full program with unique events and activities. Besides information and an extensive excursion programme, there is a photo expo on buildings and events that participate. It offers the ideal point of departure for an original way to explore the Rotterdam Architecture Month.

OMI Rotterdam is het centrale informatiepunt voor de Rotterdam Architectuur Maand. Juni 2016 is dé maand om te ontdekken wat Rotterdam heeft te bieden, een vol programma met unieke events en activiteiten. Naast informatie en een uitgebreid excursieprogramma, is er een fotoexpositie over de gebouwen en evenementen die deelnemen. Hiermee is OMI het ideale vertrekpunt om de Rotterdam Architectuur Maand op een originele manier te verkennen.



Pillars of the Reconstruction

In the periphery of Rotterdam one can find the longest monument of the reconstruction: the highway network, also known as the ‘diamond’ or the ‘ring’ of Rotterdam. Architects are very enthusiastic about the fly-overs, bridges and tunnels that change a simple car ride into a spectacle. Artist Jeroen Erosie chose a different approach and discovered the surrounding landscape beneath the viaducts and the sound barrier screens by bike. The glorious diamond suddenly got a whole new meaning as the monumental construction turned out to be a sequence of fragments. In this exhibition Erosie shows his interpretation with a big mural and photos. He builds on the long traditions of mural art, from reliefs to graffiti. In his painting he abstracted the aesthetics of the post-war reconstruction into a contemporary work of art. The photos form a personal travel journal from his cycling tours around ‘Rondje Ruit’, they show the left over spaces in full glory.


Exhibition, Maps & Special Program

18 December 2015 – 11 March 2016OMA@OMI©Ossip van Duivenbode


The coming months, OMI is entirely devoted to OMA, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. With the reopening of the Kunsthal, the completion of De Rotterdam and Timmerhuis this is a perfect opportunity to profile the work of OMA. OMI publishes a special map, organises excursions, and an accompanying exhibition at OMI’s own location gives insight into the work of the office in Rotterdam and The Hague. The cities of Rotterdam and The Hague occupied a special position in the development of the early years of OMA.

The region boasts the highest density of OMA projects in the world, with studies, designs, built and (already) demolished works. OMA has reflected on every facet of the urban experience Persfoto_1-v.1in this region: buildings, urban planning, parks, interiors, culture, pop, dance and infrastructure. OMA Fiction | Non Fiction is a voyage of discovery through the work of OMA in Rotterdam and The Hague, past 40 years of thinking about this urban region.

Now available for € 6,50 at OMI and NAi Booksellers



Delirious Rotterdam – OMA Mythical City Walk
Start: OMI Rotterdam, Schiekade 205 (Schieblock)
Price: € 12,50 incl. a drink @ Nhow
Saturday, 26 December 14:00 – 16:00 Tickets
Saturday, 2 January 14:00 – 16:00 Tickets

Delirious The Hague – OMA Mythical City Walk
Start: OV Service Winkel – Stationshal The Hague Centraal
Price: € 12,50 incl. a drink
Sunday, 7 February 14:00 – 16:00 Tickets
Sunday, 14 February 14:00 – 16:00 Tickets

OMA Buildings Rotterdam
– Kunsthal
Price: € 12,50 (€ 7,50 for Museumkaart holders)
Saturday, 9 January 14:00 – 15.00 Tickets
Saturday, 6 February 14:00 – 15.00 Tickets

De Rotterdam
Price: € 15,00
Saturday, 30 January 14:00 – 15.00 Tickets

– Timmerhuis
Price: € 12,50
Saturday, 27 February 14:00 – 15.00 Tickets

Short Talks Long Drinks* #2
O.M.A. Rem Koolhaas, Jef Cornelis, 1985, 76 min.
Friday, 19 February, 20:00 Tickets  Sold Out
Price: € 5,- incl. a longdrink

Short Talks Long Drinks* #3
What’s it like inside OMA nowadays? From within you get a glimpse of the creation of ideas.
Tuesday, 23 February, 20:00

*For Short Talks Long Drinks #2 & 3, OMI and POST–OFFICE present a diptych about the work of OMA.

Short Talks Long Drinks #4
Leaning Towers, Rene Daalder, 2014, 80 min.
with short introduction by Bernard Leupen
Thursday, 10 March, 19.30 Tickets  Sold Out

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Rotterdam’s architecture is placed in a new perspective with special itineraries, photos, postcards, maps and more.

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