Façades of The Hague #127

Seinpost residencies, Zeekant/Seinpostduin, block of apartments designed by Cees Dam (1932), built in the second half of the 1970s.

In Western European architectural history it became common for façades of churches to be built on the west side.

Especially in prestigious Romanesque and Pre-Romanesque churches these façades became particularly awe inspiring.

The idea was that the church and faith had to be protected from evil, which could come from the west, the place where the sun sets.

Along the Dutch coastline buildings are usually turned with their façades toward the sea, which is to the west.

These buildings give their inhabitants the privilege of a private sunset every evening.

At Scheveningen (the harbour and a seaside resort of The Hague) on one of the highest points along the coastline this block of flats was built with glass towers to give each apartment a maximum of sunlight and sea views.

The tiles are white to reflect the sunlight.

However, despite all good intentions, on a wintery day the structure looks quite desolate, something like a rock in a zoo where the baboons have died out.

The corner towers – be they from glass or not -, the small prison-like windows, and the monumental white volume sends a message of awe towards the sea: everything coming from overseas should keep its distance, if it doesn’t want to be imprisoned, sentenced to watch the sun go down eternally.

© Villa Next Door 2021

All pictures were taken in March 2017.

Bertus Pieters

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