Rotterdam may get a new skyscraper – the tallest in the Benelux

Artists impression: DAM & Partners Architecten

The highest Dutch administrative court on Wednesday threw out objections to plans to build a 215 metre high skyscraper in Rotterdam’s Zalmhaven.

Locals say the plan will increase traffic congestion, create too much wind and spoil the atmosphere in the area, which has undergone considerable regeneration in recent years.  The Council of State, however, ruled that the city council had correctly applied zoning laws and the building can go ahead.

The tower, which the developers AM and Amvest hope will open in 2020, will have 475 apartments, offices, commercial space and a panoramic roof terrace. The tower, part of a complex with two smaller buildings, would be the tallest in the Benelux region if it goes ahead.

The current tallest building is the Maastoren, also in Rotterdam, which opened in 2009 and is 165 metres tall. The Zalmhaven tower will be 190 metres high with a 25 metre antenna on top.

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