The construction site of De Rotterdam. Shot at the Wilhelminapier, the economic center of the Kop van Zuid. The Kop van Zuid is an urban restructuring quarter in progress which has converted major parts of the old harbour area on the South bank of the Maas (with its defunct ports, warehouses and railway heads) into a integrated living , recreative and commercial service quarter. It’s comparable with the Docklands in London and the waterfront re-developments in Barcelona and New York.
De Rotterdam will be an array of three linked highrises and was dsesigned by Rem Koolhaas (OMA-Office of Metropolitan Architecture). Construction was started in 2010. The edifice will have 41 floors and a floorsapce of approximately 160,000 square meters. The height: will be 149 meters. Its presence will dominate the sky line of Kop van Zuid - perhaps too much so (check out the link further down this text).
'De Rotterdam' won't be only about offices, apartments, a hotel, conference facilities, a gym, shops, restaurants and cafe will be created too. The resulting vertical density has inspired the project developers to coin and market it as a 'Vertical city'. A not very inspired name - the Montevideo highrise (Mecanoo/Francien Houben) - the highrise with the M on top in the pic ) was introduced the same way ;-)
The start of the construction was a 1 year late beacause of the economic crisis - the floorspace demand plummeted dramatically on the allready oversaturated office space market. The muncipality stepped in to rescue the project 'cause it was deemed of strategical importance to the Kop van Zuid (and it probably is). The rescue was the decision to rent a considerable amount of the office space - after completion of the building a substantial part of Rotterdam's civil cervants work force will move to 'De Rotterdam'.
The web info of the tower crane supplier Wolffkran is here.
"Building the perfect beast" was the first solo album of Don Henley. The most well known track of this album is: here.
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Yiannis84 (2824) 2012-03-21 16:03
Wow..a fascinating industrial composition with a lot of details..i really like the extremely high quality of the image and the fantstic light.. seems more for a lego toys than for a picture :)) i love the way you capture thing..just great image! very well done. TFs
Sonata11 (32261) 2012-03-21 18:03
what a huge project. Beautiful shot of architecture and daily life with fantastic management of light, colors, sharpness, perfect clarity, POV and DOF excellent. Perfectly well done. Love it. Thanks for sharing.
All the best,
adores (32724) 2012-03-21 18:06
Seems a really big project and your pov and exposure are very good. A good quality shot taken on a good moment! I like this light and the colour of the sky!
danos (80977) 2012-03-21 22:53
Good morning Bret,
unfortunately the foudation of these modern buildings that looks like as beasts, denature the face of the cities.But from the other side we see with pleasure the shape of the modern buildings to make the life of the people more confotrable.Nice the view as the presentation of this new building as is now in its base.
Have a good day,Danos
cargus (7847) 2012-03-21 22:55
Spectaculaire composition, de belles couleurs, bien encadré et rendu, image bien fait.!!
macjake (49384) 2012-03-21 23:12
a good mixture of moving parts and stationary parts.
these construction zones offer alot of visual interest, lots to keep the eye busy all over the frame.
the blue hour light is what captured my eye right away.
it'll be interesting to see the completed process from the same vantage point.
very good quality
jhm (131986) 2012-03-22 5:22
Dit ken op mijn duim werf toestanden, van mooie netten opgekuisten tot overvolle en slordige werven waar ik soms moest tussen komen.
Dit is een prachtige foto genomen met deels licht.
Werkeliok een een aangenaam beeld. Bedankt.
Groeten uit een overgoten zonnig Vlaanderen met 18.9° Celsius en 1 Bft wind.
dkmurphys (44715) 2012-03-22 12:32
Fine blue hour capture of that construction site. Impressive result as I've seen on the link. Hope you'll show us more stages of this evolution.
Have a good night.
chrisvek (6997) 2012-03-22 17:39
Nice capture of this industrial area.I like your lightning.Nice tones of the colors.Great work.TFS
Have a nice day,
Royaldevon (24388) 2012-03-23 3:35
You have become a pictorial historian! It is so interesting to scontrast the two stages of the building.
This is a fine blue hour shot, from an angle which uses converging lines to draw in the viewers. There are lots of details with which to engage.
The tall buildings in the b/g appear to be overseeing the operation, or maybe they are feeling a sense of awe!
Have a lovely day,
sacimar (25971) 2012-03-23 10:44
different and interesting image, I like the scene you show here, the light management is good, well done and presented,
notrap (5306) 2012-03-23 15:19
.....I have lots of photos of Kop van Zuid, it is changing so fast, nearly every time I visit R´dam the skyline looks different. I was fascinated by Hotel New York, and when I first took photos there, only the Port-of-Rotterdam-building was close to it. Next time I visit I will not find Hotel New York amongst all those giants...
Thanks for keeping me up to date!
angel66 (1006) 2012-03-23 17:27
wow! for the quality of your photo...outstanding!
ops! for your note.. people are the same the whole world over... full of these beasts..i wonder how perfect they are! :)
Have a nice weekend
korbee (6615) 2012-03-26 12:50
Hoe langer ik naar alle details kijk,hoe meer klasse en kwaliteit ik ondek Bert,ik zie echt heel veel zuivere scherpte en goede belichting,wauw dit is nog eens een constructie.
aliabazari (10530) 2012-03-29 19:42
Éclairage très belle et grande composition.
En ce qui concerne
sacavem (18608) 2012-04-04 9:11
An unusual composition and perfect exposure in shutter speed and aperture. Congratulations!
Didi (53447) 2012-04-05 8:58
Félicitations pour la qualité des lumières à l'heure bleue.
J'apprécie surtout la parfaite netteté qui met en valeur ce grand chantier.
Hanssie (10183) 2012-04-22 1:23
A fantastic photo for later years when the building is finished. Great view and also the lightning....
- Copyright: Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) (13356)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-01-19
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix G1, Olympus Zuiko ED 9-18 mm f/4,0-5,6, SanDisk SDhc X3 8GB, Hoya HD Protector 72 mm
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Construction industry, Industrial, Photos with a title of an Album, Urban Low Light, Rotterdam-Kop van Zuid [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-03-21 14:06