Montevideo: A New York skyscraper located in Rotterdam with an Uruguayan heritage

Updated: May 27



General Info 📚

  • Floor count: 43 Floors

  • Area: 57,530 m2 (619,200 sq ft)

  • Lifts/elevators: 7

  • Architectural style: Modernism

  • Total Height: 152.3 m (500 ft)

  • The building is named after Uruguay capital city, Montevideo.

  • Architects: Mecanoo

  • Consultant Engineer: abt (Bearing structure and the geotechnical consultancy)

  • The building is one of the tallest woman-designed buildings in the world.


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The Montevideo skyscraper was realized in late 2005 on the Wilhelmina Pier next to Hotel New York. Including the M on the roof of the tower, the building is 152 meters high, and that was for a long time the tallest building in the Netherlands.


Montevideo represents the ambition of the city of Rotterdam for the urbanization of specific locations with specific projects, particularly in the area of housing.


Designed by: Francine Houben (1999-2005)


The M confirms Rotterdam’s maritime tradition and shows all Rotterdammers the wind direction. Together with the water tank on the lower-lying roof, the M makes the Holland-Amerika feeling complete.


The building refers to the Holland-America feeling that the site evokes: the place where ocean steamers and cruise ships made the crossing from Rotterdam to New York.

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