Intel Hotel, Zaandam. Brilliantly witty or gimmicky kitsch?
Mevrouw T is a regular at Amsterdam’s excellent annual Dag van de architectuur (Day of Architecture). This year I joined her, and many others joined us.
The event’s popularity led the organisers to extend the 2014 edition to a whole weekend of walks, talks and open building inspections.
Highlight of our Day 1 was a boat ride along the Ij from Amsterdam to Zaandam with Mr Remy Vlek as our expert guide. Naturally I was pointing the camera at the sights along the route.
Our vessel, the Veerpont 35, with a load of architecture-appreciators on board.
The Amsterdam dockland – not designed to catch the eye, but they do anyway.
Student housing made from recycled containers at Amsterdam North.
At first glance, Zaandam looks like many Dutch villages, dominated by a standard, charming church spire.
Things change when you land in one of Holland’s busiest shopping streets. Last year they re-inserted a canal down the middle, making it a pedestrians-only zone.
It became very popular and, to our eyes, attractive.
‘Opinion is divided’ on the latest Zaandam development, according to our guide. What do you think?
The gable of the Zaandam Stadhuis (Town Hall) enters into the playful spirit of things.
The fence by the Stadhuis.
Back on the boat for the return trip to Amsterdam, my camera starts looking for interesting shapes in everything we pass.