Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam, 1990-1996
Rising to a height of 139 metres and spanning a width of 800 metres, the bridge over the River Maas provides a landmark for people finding their way in the city. The asymmetric pylon, with its bracket construction in sky-coloured steel, has 2,000 different faces. The long, diagonal cables physically and metaphorically link Rotterdam-South to the city centre. Thirty two stays attached to the top of the pylon and eight backstays keep the structure in balance. Five concrete piers carry the steel deck, which is divided into two footpaths, two cycle paths, a tram track and two carriageways for motor vehicles.