Local Heart, Global Soul

November 5, 2016

The Pace Of Change Clearly Goes Faster Than I Do…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I needed to accompany Kiwi Daughter to an appointment in the centre of The Hague recently, and since I try to avoid the crowds of the city centre I was surprised to see that one ofthe buildings has undergone a face lift.

It may be old news to many people who go there frequently of course, but it was news to me and it put a large smile on my face.

The symbol of The Hague is the stork and the building has been embellished with large stork-like forms all around the lower edge of the façade. I love them!

They are sophisticated, beautiful, and even in their minimalist style, perfect for the job.

They have a semi-Deco vibe and even in the detail of the faces, have a cheeky, quirky humour about them. Did I mention that I love them? Wow!

The legs come out from the bodies to become some of the window divisions and basic black keeps everything looking dapper and elegant. The street lights are new to me too, harking back to old gas lanterns but with a very modern twist. Before we went to where we needed to go, I lingered for just a moment more to catch a few snaps of a dog, perched in the front crate of his owner’s bike, happily watching the world go by as he patiently waited for his owner to return. He seemed to be very well behaved, and confident, no barking or anything. Getting to the center of town is always a hassle because Himself has to bring me there and pick me up, but sometimes I need to make a bit more effort and try and get here more often, the pace of change clearly goes faster than I do.

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

 

6 Comments »

  1. That is some strange architectures! It somehow gives me the chills:)

    Comment by irisgassenbauer — November 5, 2016 @ 6:05 am | Reply

    • irisgassenbauer ,
      Chills in a good way? or a creepy way? I can see that is a very stark design, with the right dark lighting and a bit of mist the faces could be a bit menacing, but mostly I see in this a more gentle look, think sunny comic look. I do agree that the location, light and weather might make these spooky sometimes.

      Comment by kiwidutch — November 5, 2016 @ 8:57 pm | Reply

  2. The stork design is very clever!

    Comment by Elaine - I used to be indecisive — November 5, 2016 @ 3:12 pm | Reply

    • Elaine,
      I think these are sleek, cheerful and have lighthearted, happy feel. I *think* from irisgassenbauer’s comment that she finds them a little spookier? Beauty (or no beauty) is very much in the eye of the beholder 🙂

      Comment by kiwidutch — November 5, 2016 @ 8:59 pm | Reply

  3. That is a VERY well trained doggie to not just run off but rather sit patiently waiting!

    Comment by Carrie — November 7, 2016 @ 2:18 am | Reply

    • Carrie,
      I know. We don’t have pets but I know plenty of dogs who wouldn’t have a hope of sitting still so patiently like that.

      Comment by kiwidutch — November 7, 2016 @ 11:31 pm | Reply


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