Erasmus Bridge Rotterdam, Holland, New Meuse Photo, Dutch Design by UNStudio Architects, Image
Single Pylon Design in The Netherlands: Dutch Bridge Project – design by UNStudio in Holland
27 Apr 2007
Erasmus Bridge Rotterdam
Dates built: 1990-96
Design: Architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio, Architects
‘The Swan’ crossing across the New Meuse in Holland:
Constructed to facilitate the orchestration of traffic flows, this Dutch bridge design is inspired by, and in turn reflects, the industrial character of Rotterdam, adding to the narrative of the city. The bridge operates as the last crossing point between the Northern and Southern areas of the city, whilst its structural scale and design articulation has become a distinctive landmark within the surrounding skyline.
Client: Municipality of Rotterdam
Program: single pylon bridge with integrated parking garage and office building
Span: 284 m
Pylon height: 140 m
Erasmus Bridge photo at New Year:
UNStudio: Ben van Berkel with Freek Loos, Hans Cromjongh and Ger Gijzen, Willemijn Lofvers, Sibo de Man, Gerard Nijenhuis, Manon Patinama, John Rebel, Ernst van Rijn, Hugo Schuurman, Caspar Smeets, Paul Toornend, Jan Willem Walraad, Dick Wetzels, Karel Vollers.
Engineering: Ingenieursbureau Gemeentewerken Rotterdam, Rotterdam
Contractor steel works: Grootint, Dordrecht
Contractor concrete works: MBG/CFE, Brussel/Antwerpen
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The 802-metre-long (2,631 ft) bridge across the New Meuse was designed by Ben van Berkel and completed in 1996. The cable-stayed bridge section has a single 139-metre-high (456 ft) asymmetrical pale blue pylon with a prominent horizontal base, earning the bridge its nickname “The Swan”.
The southernmost span of the bridge has an 89-metre-long (292 ft) bascule bridge for ships that cannot pass under the bridge. The bascule bridge is the largest and heaviest in Western Europe and has the largest panel of its type in the world.
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