Façades of The Hague #112

Building Casuariestraat corner Schouwburgstraat, used as a campus by Leiden University.

The building itself is officially said to be built around 1700, however, the way it looks, it is probably late 19th century or even later.

It has been used as State Archive and as the library of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

From 1990 to 2010 it housed De Illusie (“The Illusion”) a so called culturele broedplaats (“cultural breeding ground”), a squatted powerhouse for art and music.

I remember its early days as an exhibition spot, with its strange empty archive room and its narrow staircases.

One of the oldest artists initiatives in The Hague and excellently located in between the Royal Academy and the museums in the city centre, De Illusie was vacated for Leiden University in spite of serious objections by The Hague’s cultural institutions.

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Façades of The Hague #111

This is the Prince Berhard fly-over, at the end of Rijnstraat and running along Schedeldoekshaven.

It was built in 1975 to open up The Hague’s  city centre for car traffic and to regulate it.

It didn’t prove to be the best of solutions and today it has become obsolete.

Plans have been presented in 2019 to largely break down the fly-over and the office buildings built over it, and to create a new area with new offices for the state administration, Leiden University campus, cultural activities and for a new giant skyscraper with apartments.

The new post-postmodern proposals have been presented with modernist élan (as were once the Prince Bernhard fly-over and its surroundings).

The present situation looks unloved and forgotten.

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Façades of The Hague #110

Apartment block, Escamplaan.

This block was built around 1980, by the end of a post WWII period in which The Hague expanded enormously.

Today these low rise blocks are being dwarfed by new high rise blocks being built at the moment, opposite this block.

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Façades of THe Hague #109

Block of apartments, Zeekant corner Jongeneelstraat, built in 1950.

The block was built in quite an elegant modernist style.

As a block of apartments looking over the beach and sea it looks far more attractive than most rubbish built later along the coast to gain as much money per square yard as possible.

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Façades of The Hague #108

Apartment block, Kazernestraat, built half way the 1980s in a much older street. The style is clearly that of the 1970s and 80s: light, modern, practical and very democratically unrepresentative.

This last aspect translated itself in the Netherlands usually as cheaply unassuming and rather faceless, which more or less happened here too.

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Façades of The Hague #107

In 1902 the border between the municipalities of The Hague and Loosduinen (now part of The Hague) was moved to the southwest because of the explosive growth of the population of The Hague. From 1903 onward houses were built between Beeklaan and Valkenboskade for civil servants and better paid labourers.

This block of houses, at Valkenboskade, was built before World War I, when, since 1875, the number of inhabitants of the city had tripled in size. The block has a strong rhythm of bay windows, of which some have changed a bit through the decades.

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Façades of The Hague #106

Villa, built in 1902, Nieuwe Parklaan.

Its style is quite distinctive for the period around 1900.

Like in the different eclectic neo-styles of the 19th century there is a strong sense of decoration, but it tries to be simpler, less opulent.

In that way it gives more space to refinement in the details, stressing the different volumes of the building.

As such, a villa like this stands stylistically just at the beginning of the huge modernist developments in the 20th century.

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Façades of The Hague # 105

This façade in Oude Molstraat is part of a much bigger complex of monastic buildings, built and rebuilt in different ages.

The complex itself has been a place of refuge for Roman Catholics since the Protestant Reformation at the beginning of the Dutch Revolt (1568-1648).

The present façade was built around 1900. The building contains a small chapel.

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Façades of The Hague #104

Villa, Balistraat corner Laan Copes van Cattenburch.

The house was built in the 1880s, according to the gable stone in 1882, in an opulent neo-renaissance style.

Laan Copes van Cattenburch and Balistraat were built in the 1870s (Balistraat even a bit earlier) as a new frontier in the dunes towards the northwest of the city.

Although it is quite a remarkable building, it has no special monumental status, but it is, of course, part of a local state protected cityscape.

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Façades of The Hague #103

Public water tap, Oude Waalsdorperweg.

The tap is out of use during the winter months.

It has been installed by the local water company and the municipality to be used by thirsty passers-by, their dogs and their horses, who want to enjoy nature in the dunes during the hot days of summer.

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