Façades of The Hague #28

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Apartment block Stadhouderslaan corner Lübeckstraat, early 1950s.

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Stadhouderslaan, the grand late 19th century avenue running from The Hague to Scheveningen harbour, was partly destroyed during WW II by the Germans for the Atlantic Wall, as was part of the infrastructure around it.

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The area was redesigned by architect Willem Dudok after the war and different architects designed blocks of flats.

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I’m not sure who was responsible for this particular one but its style is modernist with a touch of neoclassicism.

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All pictures were taken in March 2016

 

Bertus Pieters

Façades of The Hague #27

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Façades of two houses, Laan van Meerdervoort, with identical gables, although the one at the right-hand side lost its white topping.

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Built in 1891 in the usual eclectic style of the day.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

All pictures were taken in March 2016.

 

Bertus Pieters

Façades of The Hague #25

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Chinese arch, Wagenstraat.

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When i lived just round the corner near Wagenstraat in the 1980s, the whole area was a bit in the doldrums.

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It had lost its identity since long as it used to be a place where many Jews lived before they were deported during the German occupation.

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It was as if the municipal authorities didn’t really know what to do about it for some decades.

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When more and more Chinese settled in Wagenstraat and around, in the end it seemed the problem was solved by itself: it became The Hague China Town.

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Now street signs are both in Dutch and in Chinese, there are red Chinese lanterns in the streets and in 2009 two Chinese arches were erected of which this is the south-eastern one.

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The strange thing is, this all happened in a time when foreigners living in this country were supposed to stick to Dutch customs and to speak, write and understand Dutch.

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But of course in the case of China Town, the authorities smelled business.

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The arches are said to have been made of Chinese materials while the wooden top is said to consist of more than a thousand parts.

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All pictures were taken in March 2016.

 

Bertus Pieters

Façades of The Hague #24

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Façade of a small house, Casuariestraat,

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built in 1936 in an eclectic 19th century style, already worn out by that time, but so tough and sticky that it needed a war to be declared dead.

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Behind it (picture below) you see the Royal Academy (left) and the new postmodern city centre.

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All pictures taken in March 2016.

 

Bertus Pieters

Façades of The Hague #23

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Extensions of Ziekenhuis Leyenburg (Leyenburg Hospital) as seen from Florence Nightingaleweg, from the southeast.

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Since the commercialisation of the health services in the 1990s it is officially called HagaZiekenhuis (HagaHospital, with this quite stupid capital in the middle of the word) locatie Leyweg (Leyweg location).

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Of course nobody knows what you mean if you mention that name, but everybody knows Leyenburg Hospital.

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The original hospital (the light grey concrete buildings in the pictures) was designed by architect Karel Sijmons (1908-1989) and was opened in 1972.

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The new buildings you see on these pictures are extensions for a children’s hospital, a births centre and an operation theatre building which were all designed by MVSA architects.

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All pictures were taken in March 2016.

Bertus Pieters

Façades of The Hague #22

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Simple block with four bays with apartments and shops, Laan van Meerdervoort. Early 1920s; shop fronts may have been added or modified later.

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Laan van Meerdervoort is The Hague’s longest avenue (5.8 km / 3.6 miles), even the longest in the Netherlands.

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It is known to be a chic avenue, but the economically barren period during and after WWI called for simple housing without too much decoration.

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All pictures taken in March 2016.

 

Bertus Pieters