Stedenprints Rotterdam: Groot Handelsgebouw

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Het Groot Handelsgebouw in Rotterdam

‘’Groot Handelsgebouw''. Rotterdam wall decoration - Walljar

The Groothandelsgebouw is a company building on the Stationsplein, next to Rotterdam Central Station. The building is a national monument and was designed by architects H.A. Maaskant and Ir. W. van Tijen. With the painting of the Groot Handelsgebouw on the wall you can enjoy the icon of the rebuilding of Rotterdam. Show that you appreciate Rotterdam with a beautiful photo of the Groot Handelsgebouw on the wall.

History of the Groot Handelsgebouw

On 3 June 1953 the Groot Handelsgebouw was opened by Queen Juliana. After the bombardment in 1940, 388,000 m2 of business space was lost. During the Second World War, the entrepreneur Frits Pot came up with the idea of designing a new multi-tenant business building, because a new building was unaffordable for many entrepreneurs. Together with the architectural firm Van Tijen and Maaskant they set to work, the 'new' Rotterdam was built and already during the construction the first companies settled in the Groot Handelsgebouw.

What was special about the Groot Handelsgebouw was that the tenants were accessible from the inside on three levels for (freight) cars via a carriageway. In the basement, the ground floor and the first floor there are supply routes that run for 1.5 km through the building. There was also a car park with an offer for 220 cars, at the time there were only 150 cars driving around in Rotterdam. On the ground floor there were shops and restaurants and on the roof there was a cinema called 'Kriterion'. This made the Groot Handelsgebouw a real part of city life in Rotterdam.

In the Groot Handelsgebouw there were also a number of official residences present so there was a caretaker constantly present in the building. The building had four dwellings on the 7e floor on the side of the courtyard. There is one last occupant left, namely the 83 year old Els Stolk. She has lived here since 1962 together with her husband Cor, both of whom worked in the Groot Handelsgebouw at the time. Of the four houses, only the one in which Els lives is still there and she certainly doesn't think about moving; she loves living in the Groot Handelsgebouw.

Architecture of the Groot Handelsgebouw

The architecture of this building stems from the largest business collection building in the world, namely the Merchandise Market in Chicago. The Merchandise Market had its own transport system and was aimed at wholesalers. This also had to be located in Rotterdam. The building had to be 220 by 85 metres with a height of 43 metres. The grandeur of the building had to be the symbol of the new proportions in the city. Today, the building contains 120,000 m2 of office, retail, catering and storage space.

Office concepts in the Groot Handelsgebouw

The Groot Handelsgebouw offers offices to more than 500 companies. There are two different types of office concepts present in the building. The Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) and Retail. They offer a creative and innovative working environment to more than 200 tenants. In the building there is therefore space for flexible working and meetings for entrepreneurs. And especially for the tenants, the Groot Handelsgebouw has more than 7000 m2 of roof terraces. The Groot Handelsgebouw offers a gym, rooftop bar, restaurants and a workplace. Where the Groot Handelsgebouw used to be a warehouse for wholesalers' goods, there are now several offices including co-working spaces.

´De Trap´

In 2016, the 75th anniversary of the rebuilding of Rotterdam was celebrated, 'De Trap' was designed for this special occasion. The gigantic staircase connected the Stationsplein with the roof of the Groot Handelsgebouw. For the occasion, the old Kriterion cinema on top of the building was also reopened to visitors. From 16 May to 19 June you could climb the stairs with 180 steps.

Specifications of the prints

The design of the Groot Handelsgebouw is available in various colours including blue, grey, green, orange and red. You can choose from the material canvas or plexiglass, these materials are available in different sizes:

- Canvas
30 x 40 cm, 40 x 60 cm, 60 x 90 cm, 75 x 100 cm, 80 x 120 cm.

  • Plexiglas
    30 x 40 cm, 40 x 60 cm, 60 x 90 cm, 75 x 100 cm, 80 x 120 cm, 120 x 180 cm, 180 x 240 cm.

    The prints are printed in the Netherlands according to the highest quality standards. We work with partners who consider quality to be of the highest standard.


Are you looking for wall decoration for your (home) office, bedroom or living room? The design Groot Handelsgebouw is not only impressive in real life but also certainly as a painting on the wall. Would you like this artwork on the walls then you can buy the print the Groot Handelsgebouw online. Also read more about Rotterdam or check out our Rotterdam collection.

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