Monthly Archives: October 2012
Currently used as a headquarters for a Dexia bank, this building marks the great times of Brussels architecture. Designed and build in 1969, it features some well executed details. Most people nowadays would probably call it ugly. Surely this is not the only of the type or the most spectacular office building of the region, but it shows the period and is a living example of the true spirit of Brussels – the endless bureaucracy (fr. bureau + gr. κράτος kratos – rule or power).
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And still as a bank building of the 60’s it still looks good and contemporary enough nowadays. I especially like the decorative façade, which stands a bit away from the structure and the windows. This type of solution gives some architectural play – the slightly sculptural window patterns cast shadows on the tinted windows as if putting some lace on the office…
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On a drive through rural Georgia, I felt transported back to the 1950s.
I only captured the service station part of this establishment. I’ll leave the grocery store to your imagination:
All shots taken with Canon PowerShot G12
Last sunday we performed in, what I consider as, one of the most beautiful and best theaters of The Netherlands.
In 1989 architect and professor Herman Hertzberger got the assignment to design the building. An important condition was that the new space would accommodate theater, music and film in all its forms. In 1995 it was time to pop the champagne! Architecture critics from The Netherlands and abroad hastened to see the property. The newspapers spoke of the “first 20th century architectural monument in the Low Countries’.
I personally love the architecture / design / structure and flow of the building. In and outside. It’s, yes, perfect!
What I find interesting, is that sometimes I don’t remember a theater when I see it from the front. Because we usually get dropped off at the back or the side where the artist entrance is. So…
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