'In Almere is alles nieuw; daar is geen replica uit de Gouden Eeuw te vinden. Het heeft zijn korte geschiedenis, die meer is dan charme, en wie er goed kijkt zal het geen moeite kosten te zien dat de nieuwe stad en het nieuwe land ook mooi zijn, weergaloos.'

'Everything in Almere is new; there are no replica's from the Golden Age to be found here. It has a short history which is more than charm , and for those who observe carefully it will not be difficult to see that the new town and new land have an unparalleled beauty of their own.'

From: De ontdekking van Almere, H.J.A. Hofland

woensdag 26 oktober 2011

Amsterdam - Shipping House - 
Amsterdam School

The Shipping House at the Amsterdam Prins Hendrikkade in common was built as six shipping companiesoffice building of Amsterdam. 
It is widely seen as the first building in the Art Deco and Amsterdam School style. 
The first part of the building was ready in 1916. 

The architectural design is of the then relatively unknown J.M. van der Mey architect-Amsterdamse School- and the architects M. de Klerk and P.L. Kramer.
 In addition, a large group of artists worked on the numerous decorations of both exterior and interior of the building. The building was to serve as a practical, modern and functional office building and also refer to the rich maritime tradition of Netherlands.
All the sculptures are of Hildo Krop, a Dutch sculpture and furniture designer, widely known as the city sculptor of Amsterdam, where his work is well-represented.

Particular are the rich ornated Central stairwell.
The ironwork in the Central stairwell forms a connecting link between the floors and suggests the floors to Struts. The staircase is covered by a 106m2 stained glass window 
by the stained-glass painter W. Bogtman.

Since 2007 The Shipping House is a
 ***** Amsterdam Hotel: Amrâth.

And a beautiful view from the terrace of the 5th floor.
You see the Nemo museum, which also has the form of a ship. 

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