West 8 - City on Fire

Rotterdam 2007 city center “City on fire – City in Bloom”,
Jury selected object
Design: West 8
Construction:  Technical team + VanBeelen NTN

The Rotterdamse fire boundary (the fire boundaries) marks the parts of the city that were destroyed by the bombing on 14 May 1940 and the resulting fires. The bombardment lasted only fifteen minutes, but managed to destroy almost the entire city center of Rotterdam. Earlier this year, CBK Rotterdam invited designers Wieki Somers, Atelier van Lieshout, Studio Anthon Beeke and West 8 to present their ideas for marking fire boundaries. A jury was asked to choose one design. On Monday 14 May 2007, the winning design of West 8 was announced by Vice Mayor of Rotterdam, Lucas Bolsius.