Façades of The Hague #121

Stepping poles for professionals to enter a nature reserve, which is closed to the general public, Oude Waalsdorperweg.

The nature reserve is part of a vast area of dune landscape along the South Holland coast.

It is used for water extraction, recreation, preserving nature and research.

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Façades of The Hague #120

Block of flats, Lübeckstraat.

The usual suburban kind of apartment block, as they were built in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

Not particularly beautiful or ugly, they usually look pretty social and sometimes with a touch of elegance; great feature of this one is of course its use of balconies as replacements of gardens.

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Façades of The Hague #119

The so-called Panoramaflat building, Laan van Meerdervoort corner Conradkade.

One of the most elegant modernist apartment buildings in The Hague, it was designed by architect Piet Zanstra (1905-2003) and built in 1960-62.

Although Zanstra was known as a moderate functionalist in architecture, his most famous building is probably a radically functionalist studio-apartment building in Amsterdam, which was, when it was built in the early 1930s extremely modern.

Zanstra was a very versatile architect, and, although there is always a sense of solidity in his buildings, they are very different in their aesthetics.

The Hague has more buildings designed by Zanstra.

One of his most remarkable designs however, the city council chamber and municipal information centre of 1972 next to Old Town hall, has been replaced by an extremely kitschy shopping centre.

The white Panoramaflat building with its neatly designed windows and its plinth, has a fine modernist sculptural quality.

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Façades of The Hague #118

Two gables, Jacob Catsstraat, of the redesigning project by Álvaro Siza (1933) of part of the late 19th century Schilderswijk, a by the end of the 20th century strongly impoverished working-class neighbourhood.

The project was completed in 1993.

There are reflections on the brick façades of windows of apartment blocks of the other side of the street.

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Façades of The Hague #117

House with 18th century façade in Louis XVI style, Lange Voorhout.

The façade is probably the result of redesigning and enlargement in the 18th century of an earlier (17th century or earlier) house.

 

Meant to be a representative town house, this state monument now contains offices with representative but uninteresting businesses.

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Façades of The Hague #116

Building with shop and apartments, Wagenstraat.

Built around 1900.

Originally it was crowned with a graceful gable, which has been replaced by the present less than inspiring top floor.

Although not quite clear, there may have been a tin foundry in the building until 1904.

From 1904 onwards there was a bacon butchery.

Around WOII it contained a bar, with, by the end of the war, a dubious clientele.

After the War it housed amongst others Chinese restaurants.

Later on there was Jazz Center, the place for jazz records, which later shifted to another address in Wagenstraat.

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Façades of The Hague #115

Building Nieuwe Molstraat corner Wagenstraat.

Originally built in the 17the century, the building still has an 18th century gable.

The building is an official state monument.

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Façades of The Hague #114

Jacob Catsstraat tram stop, Parallelweg opposite Jacob Catsstraat.

Designed in 2013 by the municipal engineering office, it was probably built in 2014.

In this rather desolate corner of town, the top of the tram stop is embellished with proverbs by Jacob Cats (1577-1660).

Cats was an influential Dutch politician, poet and lawyer.

He was a rich landowner and for some time he was grand pensionary (raadpensionaris) of Holland, the most influential province in the Dutch republic.

Quite a few of his proverbs are still more or less in use in the Dutch language.

However, most of them tend to be forgotten in today’s vernacular.

At least we now have still a few of them in a tram stop.

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Façades of The Hague #113

Small house with apartment, tucked away from the main street, Dunne Bierkade.

Probably originally built in the first half of the 18th century.

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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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