Torre David

Informal Vertical Communities

  • Exhibition
  • Torre Hofpoort

Official opening
04.11.2015 – 18:00

Opening hours
04.11.2015 – 21.11.2015
Wed – Fri 16:00 – 19:00
Sat 14:00 – 18:00
Tickets € 5,- | € 3,- (students) NB cash only
Hofpoort, Hofplein 20 – 20th floor

De Dépendance and Studio Ossidiana present ‘Torre David – Informal Vertical Communities’, the award-winning exhibition on Torre David, a skyscraper complex in Caracas, Venezuela. After the death of its developer the building was abandoned and subsequently squatted by 750 families looking for a place to live. Between the columns and floor plates of Torre David’s concrete frame, they built their own homes, shops and public spaces.

Multidisciplinary design practice Urban-Think Tank made an exhibition on the tower and its inhabitants. Where some only see a failed development project, they have conceived it as a laboratory for the study of the informal. From 4 – 21 November, the exhibition is coming to the Netherlands. With a spectacular photo series of life in the tower by architectural photographer Iwan Baan, the exhibition will occupy the 20th floor of the Hofpoort tower in the centre of Rotterdam.


Torre David – Informal Vertical Communities’ is made possible with the support of Zones Urbaines Sensibles (ZUS), Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, De Erasmusstichting, Stichting Elise Mathilde Fonds, Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht, Gemeente Rotterdam, NL Real Estate, Square Four Real Estate Management, Studio Ossidiana, Studio Iwan Baan, Urban-Think Tank at ETH Zürich, and Svensson.