Friday Mystery Place – vol 9

Straight lines abound!

As I’m in the middle of reorganizing all my image storage onto a pair of Drobo arrays, this week’s mystery place (this wasn’t a slide), is a day later than usual.  Hopefully, the suspense did not cause you any undue stress, so here’s this week’s puzzler…

Where are we?

This is a rather interesting looking building that is of a very particular architectural style.  If there are any among my readers who are architects, they will recognize the architecture, and, likely, name the architect.

  • Where is this building and what is its function?
  • Who is the (rather famous) architect?

Good luck!!

Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

12 thoughts on “Friday Mystery Place – vol 9”

  1. I know nothing about architecture but as someone with an interest in dating buildings (archaeology graduate) I would date it to the 1990s?? Sort of a throwback to Brutalist in terms of shape and symmetry, but with more modern materials and small, sunken windows. I’m puzzled.

      1. Well, thanks to your mystery, I have learnt a lot about early and mid 20th century architecture today that I knew nothing about before. I love learning new things. I still don’t know who designed the building in your picture (sorry) but it’s similar to some of the ones I’ve seen that are by Le Corbusier and Angiolo Mazzoni… is that the right time period?

  2. This is the Town Hall in Hilversum in Netherlands.The Architect is Willem Marinus Dudok.
    This remarkable and in many ways unique structure, whose first sketches were made in 1924, is considered the masterpiece of brilliant but anti avant-garde architect’s career.

    Dudok’s dictum is “The monumental is the purest expression of the human sense of harmony and order”.

    Your mystery slide has been a great fascination to me & my husband ,we enjoy solving it & He’s really into Architecture.
    Great post!

    1. You’re absolutely correct! Yes, Dudok developed a unique style that evolved from the Deco movement. He also developed entire neighborhoods in Hilversum.

      His style of architecture is still used these days.

      Glad to hear you and your husband are enjoying these posts.

  3. I’m glad to see someone figured this one out…! I remembered the building and the architect from my “architectural history” classes way back in 1974…when I saw your post yesterday. I figured that I have an “unfair advantage” being trained as an architect, so I remained silent!

    1. George, I knew that if nobody had figured this out, you would have been the source for the answer. Yes, Dudok is an interesting architect who had the opportunity to put his vision in place on a city-wide scale.

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