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Bibliotheek Universiteit van Amsterdam

Designers: Theo van Doesburg and Cornelis van Eesteren

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Raadhuis Rotterdam

It is no coincidence that the architect exposed the central heart. Evers regarded this ‘central...

Designers: Hendrik Jorden Evers

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Rijksmuseum

This is the high point of Dutch culture, and everyone can simply walk in.  As...

Designers: P.J.H. Cuypers

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Uitbreiding Victoria and Albert Museum

Internationalisation enriches architectural discourse and puts the position of Dutch architecture in perspective. This scale...

Designers: Daniel Libeskind

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Kunsthal

On first acquaintance this seems to be a simple, ornament-free box. The architecture firm OMA...

Designers: Rem Koolhaas

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The world belongs to everyone

The public space in the Netherlands ranges from shopping centres, museums and town halls to squares, parks and national landscapes. That space should be safe, whole and clean, on account of its public accessibility. These are the basic qualities, but the public space is also a cultural statement. In this domain the Netherlands can show what it is proud of and which values it upholds. These designs for public buildings display that cultural élan well, but do we still feel such zeal when we look at our public buildings today?

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Council housing, Blijdorp

There lies the new world: spick and span and cheerful. From the air, the rational...

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