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Rotterdam by Night 5 – Vertical city

NightHunting with Rinie again. This time we started early to be able to shoot during the blue hour. Our first target was the Euromast.

This Wilhelminapier depicted here was shot from the 112 m high observation platform.
The view is dominated by the Montevideo highrise.
With a height of 153 m it’s the tallest residential building in the Netherlands. The building is designed by Mecanoo Architects (Francine Houben) and combines living, working and leisure. It was designed from 1999-2003 and constructed from 2003-2005 and is a hybrid construction - a combination of concrete and steel. The basement and the first storey are a combination of steel and concrete, from the second to the 27h storey the construction is composed of concrete, from the 28h storey to the top the building is constructed of steel. Because of its arrangement of apartments, offices, restaurants and other leisure facilities and the very diverse detailing it can be seen as a expression of the ‘vertical city’ concept.

On the left of Montevideo is the World Port Centre (WPC) designed by sir Norman Foster, a very unremarkable building by his standards. It's the HQ of the Port Authority and other municipal services.

Sandwiched between the two high rises is good old Hotel New York, the former headoffice of the HAL (Holland-America Line).
The two low buildings on the pier on the left once also belonged to the HAL. The low slung one with the four arches is the Cruise Terminal and behind it is the modernist Las Palmas building, the former HAL technical workshop facility building, currently being converted into a cultural centre.

The little building on the edge of the pier on the right is the home base of the water taxi.

Moored near the WPC is the Rotterdam based ocean going "driemast schoener" De Eendracht.

Rinie's pano is here.

PCS2 tech: slightly cropped, altered the contrast, saturation, curves and levels for the whole pic and some elements separately, USM-ed and added a frame. Because of all the intricate detail to be compressed in only 200 kB, I didn't use the save for the web function here.

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1883 W: 126 N: 4144] (13356)
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