the dutch city of rotterdam is well-known for its erasmus bridge (erasmusbrug, in dutch) designed by architect ben van berkel. so many architecture fans were eager to see what would come out of a design competition for the new rijnhaven bridge (rijnhavenbrug). the amsterdam-based firm bureau SLA was among the five entrants, but was later disqualified because the rotterdam city council deemed their design not feasible. the design features a draw bridge which opens upwards from two sides to allow for passing boats. despite engineering calculation proving its feasibility, the council still disqualified the entry. bureau SLA has since spoken out, criticizing the city council. they will remain entrants in the competition, continuing on until a winner is selected.

'rijnhavenbrug' by bureau SLA

'rijnhavenbrug' by bureau SLA

'rijnhavenbrug' by bureau SLA

via wan