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I am in a modern hotel room on the 23rd floor (top) of the Nhow Hotel that occupies one of the three buildings comprising the Rem Koolhass' Rotterdam complex. We overlook the Erasmus bridge in this thoroughly modern city. The bridge, designed by Ben van Berkel, was completed in 1996. Known as the "Swan," it is a cable-style bridge, with an asymmetric blue pylon anchoring the cables. A tram line runs down the center of the bridge, with automobile and bicycle traffic also supported.