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This is the place where I live, it is the Northern island (Noordereiland) of Rotterdam, which originated because of the extension of the Rotterdam city and Harbour. In 1879 they began to dig a new harbour on the southern border of the river Maas, and the Noordereiland was the result of that. It’s a pleasant part of Rotterdam, which feels like a small village, but with the city near by.
The red bridge is my favorite bridge, the 'Willemsbrug', (built in 1991, and designed by Maarten Struijs), I cross it everyday, and it leads straight to the island. The views over the water, and to the island are stunning, there's always wind, but very nice and fresh wind.
The green steel bridge (built in 1927 and designed by P. Joosting) is the former railway bridge, called the 'Hef', and it really is a landmark. I love that bridge, beautiful steel, and really sturdy. The railroad went underground through the city center in 1993, and this bridge is since a industrial monument.
The row of houses that you see in the small version, are the older houses. The part where I live, more to the right, is from after World War II, as that part was bombed by the nazi's in May 1940.
The new red building shaped like a bow, is the 'Wilhelminahof', build in 1996, and designed by Cees Dam & Partners. The complex,consists of a courthouse with 14 courtrooms for the district court and the subdistrict court, offices for the judiciary, customs offices, tax-collection offices, for the private market.
Further to right, is the Dutch Telecom-building of KPN, designed by Renzo Piano.
And then the famous Erasmus bridge, designed in 1997 by Ben van Berkel. He created an architectural work of art. The cable-stayed bridge links the citycenter and the ‘Kop van Zuid)’ (thus runs ALONG the island).
Then, not finished yet, is Netherlands highest appartment building, designed by Mecanoo architects, Montevideo, and at last, the office of the Rotterdam Port Authorities, designed by Norman Foster.
There's a lot to enjoy in Rotterdam, and certainly a lot of new architecture!

The panorama is made out of 10 pictures, last year I uploaded ths place in two, but my wish was to do it in one, with again a beautiful sky.

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