Rotterdam World Trade Centre. The lower part was opened in 1940, the upper structure in 1986. It rests on 6 gigantic concrete pylons, a first in my country. The lower part is internally completely restored (down to the last ashtray ) to what it was in 1940. The larger conference rooms are very popular as a venue for business parties.
The Witte Huis or White House is a building and National Heritage Site in Rotterdam, Netherlands, built in 1898 in the Art Nouveau style. The building is 43 m (141 ft.) tall, with 10 floors. It was also the first hoogbouw (literally: high-rise building) in Europe. The building is listed as a Rijksmonument (literally: National Monument).
Construction The architect Willem Molenbroek designed the 10-storey building, at the time an unprecedented height in Europe. The site at Wijnhaven 3 is just 1 m above sea-level and skeptics claimed that the soft soil of Rotterdam would be unable to adequately support the building, so before construction could properly begin, 1000 piles were driven into the ground to support the building's weight. The building is constructed from iron and steel and concrete, and includes two thick interior walls which increase the building's strength. Unlike many other contemporary buildings of the time, wood was not a significant construction material due to the fear of fire. The building cost 127,900 Dutch guilders. It was also one of the few buildings in central Rotterdam to survive the German bombing campaigns of World War II.
You know Frans, this may be the start of a new catagory - "Show us a pic of your home town" or a point of historical or personal interest. It would be fun to have a peek at our respective worlds. I think so anyway.
I always enjoyed the one word response thread here and figured it was time to start up a new one.
- For those of you who aren't familiar, the rules for this thread are as
- Each post must contain one word only (a photo in addition is okay)
- The response post...
This is a little handheld green laser project I'm working on, at the heart of it is the NDG7475 520nm 1.4 Watt Green Laser Diode which is currently the highest power 520nm green laser diode you can buy, 1.4 watts is a hell of a lot of green!
Petrol lighter :D My brother, knowing I like knick-knacks like these, gave it to me while I visited him. The previous owner polished the gold plating off but I'll try to get it back to former glory. As you can see, it's the Art Deco 'stream line' version: