FROM PORT TO BUSINESS

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As one of the first office towers on the Kop van Zuid (South Bank), the World Port Center saw its surroundings transform from an old, derelict port area into an ultra-modern, multi-functional urban district in just under twenty years' time.

The Wilhelminapier, surrounded on three sides by the river Meuse, functions as a business gateway. The master plan for this vibrant business centre was designed by architect Sir Norman Foster, who, with the construction of his WPC, also gave an initial impetus to the redevelopment.

From port to business

The Wilhelminapier, enclosed on three sides by the river Meuse, acts as a gateway to the business world. The master plan for this vibrant business centre was designed by architect Sir Norman Foster, who, with the construction of his WPC, also gave an initial impetus to the redevelopment.

In Foster's mind, the old pier had the potential to become a Manhattan on the Meuse, and he was not the only one. Almost immediately after the completion of the WPC, other eminent architects came forward, all equally eager to leave their mark here. The Kop van Zuidis now full of iconic high-rise buildings designed by architects such as Francine Houben (Montevideo), Rem Koolhaas (De Rotterdam) and Renzo Piano (Toren op Zuid). This has given the area a status characterised by international ambition, boldness and stature.

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