by bureau SLA as Architects - Thu, 7 July 2011
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The Wilhelminapier is a booming place. This peninsula turns Rotterdam into the Manhattan of the river Maas: there we find the much talked about designs of architects such as Sir Norman Foster, Broek & Bakema, Renzo Piano, Bolles/Wilson and Mecanoo, and soon we will see high towers from Álvaro Siza, Cruz y Ortiz and Rem Koolhaas. The 139 meters high Erasmus bridge [UNStudio] links the site with the historical downtown area. The prominent spot obliges the new Rijnhavenbrug, between the Wilhelminapier and Katendrecht, to become a particularly striking bridge. We chose for a powerful and simple image of the bridge in a closed situation and a visual icon when opening. Generally the bridge lies waiting quietly but a couple of times a day its particular opening movement will make all those surrounding icons hold their breath for some minutes.
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