In this edition the festival focuses on the Hoogkwartier, an area that was rebuilt after the Rotterdam blitz and which architecture is unique in the Netherlands. It is a neighbourhood full of busy cafés, shops, garages, tennis courts, an art institution, a hotel and an auction house, but also an area with quiet service roads and back streets. During the ten festival days ZigZagCity will turn this remarkable neighbourhood inside out. Follow the route that runs crisscross through the city. Along the way architects and artists will surprise you with their installations. They’ll make sure you’ll get to see the area from a whole new point of view.
The second edition of the Architecture Festival ZigZagCity took place between May 29 and June 9, 2014. For twelve days long, The Laurenskwartier in the center of Rotterdam was the stage for temporary design, film, dance, fashion, music and tours.
For two weeks, the Lijnbaan Quarter became a holiday paradise, with the ZigZagTravel agency at its heart. The route of ZigZagCity connected a rich variety of urban areas including squares, alleyways, city parks, archways, streets and courtyards. ZigZagCity invited visitors to enjoy both the beaten track as well as locations off the beaten track that often remain unnoticed. The hidden spots were given ‘new’ meaning for residents as well as visitors using interventions and a programme. The festival focused on the history and the future of the city through stories and journeys. Visual artists, architects and programme makers revealed new opportunities for forgotten areas taking into account the features of these locations.