Sunday, 3 February 2008
The most beautiful building in the Netherlands
1 Townhall in Gouda
2 You can compare it to the townhall in Middelburg built at the same time.
3 A building like a containership
4 The winner is the Office of the Gas Works
Last year we had an interesting competion here in the Netherlands. It was all about choosing the most beautiful building in our country. I don't know how many people entered the contest but there were a lot of people who preferred old architecture.
On the other hand many contestants gave preference to the modern buildings. There was the townhall of Middelburg, an example of the old school and built in 1452, and a modern building which looked like a containership and was called at the same time the most beautiful building by some, and the ugliest one by most people. See for yourself!
The winner, however, was a very stunning interesting building, which didn't look like the right-angled structures of the past time. It was not boring like those blocks of flats, built right after the war.It was the office of the gas-works in Groningen. When I saw its picture I couldn't but think of the Spanish architect Gaudi.