Haettu kohde: Cooperative Society De Volharding

    Kohde : Cooperative Society De Volharding

    Kohteen kielivariantti : Coöperatie de Volharding

    Arkkitehti : Buijs, Jan & Lürsen, Joan

    Valm.vuosi : 1928 (alkuper. funktion muutos)

    Paikkakunta : Haag

    Maa : Netherlands

    Rakennustyyli : Moderni arkkitehtuuri (tarkentamaton)

    Kuvaus :

    The largest recognizably ‘De Stijl' building constructed in the 1920s was a store and offices for the ‘De Volharding’ cooperative in the center of Den Haag.

    Photographs of ‘De Volharding’ show a complex composition of orthogonal volumes, but a floor plan shows that the main corner is actually skewed at an angle of 96 degrees, which is so slight that even in person it takes some moments to perceive—thought it is probably the reason that the building forms such a perfect-looking composition in photos.

    Its most remarkable and well-known feature, quite novel for its time, was that at nights the entire building emanated light. Moreover, the light was handled in ways as varied and complex as the architectonic elements. The strips between the windows, now plain white glass tiles, were originally changeable, back-lighted signs similar to those on cinema marquees.

    The stair tower, its ancillary shaft, the large roof sign, and the “steeple” were also internally illuminated. Today ‘De Volharding’ is more a daytime experience; its weather-resistant glass and tile finish in ‘De Stijl’ colors continues to enliven the streetscape.

    Buch, Joseph: A Century of Architecture in the Netherlands 1880–1990, NAI Publishers, pp. 185–187.

    Ed. Heikki Nikkinen

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    Cooperative Society De Volharding
    Cooperative Society De Volharding
    Kuva © Arto Kuorikoski