Local Heart, Global Soul

February 13, 2017

There Seems To Be Very Little House And Rather A Lot Of Roof…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Back in 2016, Family Kiwidutch started their Easter long weekend on the island of Texel.

One unusual thing that we quickly realised was unusual to us, was the shape of the houses.

To put it bluntly, there appeared to be very little house and an awful lot of roof.

In some instances, as we travelled around during the weekend and I took photographs from the passenger seat of the car, it was like we were looking at some sort of structure in the distance that was like a roof placed on the ground.

When we got closer we would start to see the house appear underneath, but the buildings still look rather strange.

Some of these houses were farm houses attached to their barn in the traditional style of centuries past, other barns were in duplicate style of the houses but separate from them.

Perhaps the exposed landscape on the island necessitates this style of building,  it is certainly very different to the house styles we have seen in all the other parts of the Netherlands we have ben to so far.  I find myself wondering how the upper space of these houses is used, in most instances there seems to be just one small window, but that said the room up there can’t be large, so maybe one window is enough. On the upside, from high up in the roof space, the view from these windows must be rather special.

(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)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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