Erasmus Bridge Rotterdam, Holland, New Meuse Photo, Dutch Design by UNStudio Architects, Image

Erasmus Bridge Rotterdam

Single Pylon Design in The Netherlands: Dutch Bridge Project design by UNStudio in Holland

27 Apr 2007

Dates built: 1990-96

Design: Architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio, Architects

‘The Swan’ crossing across the New Meuse in Holland:

Erasmus Bridge
Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam, 2008, UNStudio

Erasmus Bridge Rotterdam by UNStudio

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:

Erasmus Bridge Rotterdam
photo © Ton Hermans, Rotterdam


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

Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam : text authorised by UNStudio Architects 270407


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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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