Another folder in my archive folder holds photographs of interesting windows that I have found on my walking journey’s through the Hague last summer.
Their various styles naturally reflect the periods of the houses they are in, but they are united in the additional ornamentation that feature in combinations of brick, tile, ironwork, decorative features and glass.
Looking around any building of like age in this city, these appear to be standard features and not “extras” at all…
…and this makes me seriously wonder at the supposed “advances” we have made in the plain featureless “plain” boxes that architects today churn out in modern cities all over the world.
I ask myself if the progression from old style to new has really been “progress”?
Personally, when I see the detail and beauty in the bricks and mortar here, I see a balance, harmony, peace, beauty and sheer mastery that exceptionally few modern buildings of the last half century can even dare to stand in the shadow of.
Look at the combination of forms, how well all the different pieces fit together, for me it’s like looking at the very different instruments in an orchestra and hearing a symphony when seeing the whole.
These are details that make me stare, inspire me and make my inner artist dream.
Call me a hopeless romantic, but I think the world needs more dreamers…