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Rotterdam, Netherlands

Blaak House

Elegant marble and old vaults fill this historic Dutch bank turned office space. 

Luxurious marble fills this historic building, providing a chic, sophisticated backdrop for anyone who pops in to get a bit of work done.

Blaak House used to be the home of a Dutch bank. Designed by architect Kees Elffers, it was built in 1950 as a classical reaction to the modernist trend during the rebuilding of postwar Rotterdam. Though no longer a bank, in 2018 the building was given a new lease on life and reopened as a fancy office space.

Though it may not fulfil its original purpose, the building still maintains its impressive, stately persona. The entrance features a lot of elegant white marble, which gives the area a bright, airy feel. Old details like original clocks and counters still fill the interior. If you adventure down the marble stairs near the entrance, you can even still catch a glimpse of the old bank vaults.

Inside the reception area, you can see what V8 architects, the Rotterdam studio that converted the building, have done to give the building a contemporary, 21st-century vibe. You can get a day pass to use the ground floor as a flexible workspace, but anyone is allowed to walk in and have a coffee at one of the green velvet chairs in the beautiful reception area.

Know Before You Go

The entrance is very close to Blaak station. The offices are not accessible to the general public but the main entrance and large reception area is.