The urban development design developed by Francine Houben of Mecanoo architecten for the Wilhelmina Pier specified that the still to be developed buildings should be designed as vertical cities. Metropolitan objects – such as endless rows of balconies and the like – were not permitted. Naturally these requirements are reflected in the Montevideo tower in Rotterdam that Mrs Houben designed. It has become a tower with clean lines and fine details and was inspired by the sky scrapers in New York.