With its impressive height and distinctive futuristic style, it is hard to ignore this multicoloured architectural wonder. Calypso accommodates 407 flats, spaces for offices, shops and 500 parking spaces. This unique style and multi-functional purpose makes Calypso one of Rotterdam’s most interesting buildings.
The flaming red and orange Calypso shimmers in the sunlight and gives the impression that it is in constant movement. Designed with a sloping façade and panels of irregular glass, the light is being reflected on different sides giving the building its seemingly fluid structure.
It was built from 2009 to 2012 by Alsop Architects, a British architectural firm known for their distinctive modern buildings with futuristic and fantastical styles. One of the firm’s signatures is to use bright colours and unusual shapes, which often ends up being the topic of hot discussion and debate by locals. William Alsop is also the creative mind behind the design for the imposing Le Grand Bleu Hotel in Marseille, the Ferry Terminal in Hamburg and, recently, the Peckham Library in southeast London, for which he received the Sterling Prize. Alsop loosed his ambitious plans on this prestigious new project and created a spectacular building for CalypsO in the heart of central Rotterdam.
Van der Laan Bouma Architekten BV - a local Dutch bureau almost at the building site in Rotterdam - is well known for its major experience in residential housing, care, utility and master planning. They worked out the plans of Alsop completely to this astonishing result.
The Calypso is centrally located at the intersection of Schouwburgplein and Mauritsweg. It is just a stone’s throw away from other inspiring pieces of modern architecture such as the Café De Unie, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, De Doelen and Rotterdam Central Station.
Treat yourself to a sparkling sight and admire the ultramodern Calypso, as you discover this different and most exciting architectural gem Rotterdam has to offer.