Local Heart, Global Soul

February 3, 2019

Driehoek… A Three Sided House?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The next beautiful building that caught my eye in Zierikzee during our 2017 Easter holiday break was this building.

Closer inspection revealed a plaque that tells us that it has a name:  “Driehoek” (which translates as “Triangle’).

“Driehoek” : “The origins of this house date from the year 1600, and it was built on the site of an earlier house.

It was probably built by Cornelis Stevense Cooper; secretary, alderman, councilor and mayor.

It remained a residential building until 1838. In 1925 it became a school.

In 1986 it got the name “the triangle” because it housed three organisations.”

Duh, and there was I looking at the gables of the building trying to work out if there were three sections and if the building itself was in any way three sided! (Yes, I felt silly for that one!).

I like the “step” gables anyway, it’s easy to see how they got their name and then my second thought: ” it’s obvious that the Netherlands isn’t in an earthquake zone… these brick frontages would be long removed in New Zealand!”.

It’s good that frontages like these can be enjoyed, maybe never in earthquake prone countries but enjoyed by visitors here in Zierikzee.

(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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