Local Heart, Global Soul

April 4, 2020

Art And Your Emotions…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The Art at the  “Raad voor de rechtspraak” (Council for the Judiciary), doesn’t stop at the window decoration shown in my most recent posts.

In the seating area to the right of the main hallway (the one surrounded by pillars) is a spiral.

Not just a tiny decorative piece in the corner either; this is the biggest spiral I have ever seen, and even better, it’s hanging from the ceiling!

This, at least for me, is a visual wonder.

The design, the warm yellow-y colour of the light-strip inside it, smoothness of the texture, all of this goes against the grain and yet it evokes a feeling that makes me happy.

I can’t touch it but I feel like I want to.

I’m a detail fanatic and there is no detail here, and yet it somehow ticks all of the boxes I equate with stunning Art.

It just goes to show that Art is not just tactile or visual, it also connects with your emotions at some point too.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

April 2, 2020

A Stunning “Window Dressing”…

The last of the glass windows at the “Raad voor de rechtspraak” (Council for the Judiciary) was the most difficult to photograph. The child looks out at me, and yet I see a man looking though it too. The last photograph shows another man with a street scene behind. A stunning “window dressing”.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

April 1, 2020

Windows! …Stained Glass?

Following yesterday’s post I am in the “Raad voor de rechtspraak” (Council for the Judiciary) building in the Hague. The windows on the left hand side of the large entrance area of the building are not stained glass as I first thought. These are more like painted or photographic images on a clear Perspex, which are then mounted in front of the windows. The “sort-of stained glass” illusion is then enhanced by the grid of security bars on the real windows behind.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 31, 2020

Letting In The Light…

My ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for National Historic Places sites) visit to the “Raad voor de rechtspraak” (Council for the Judiciary) in the summer of 2019, showed me somewhere where I would usually never see.
Along one side of the main area is a seating area next to windows, some of which look a tad hazy. A closer look reveals that some of these windows are actually beautifully decorated…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 30, 2020

Impressive, Innovative, Inspirational…

The floor of the main large entrance room in the “Raad voor de rechtspraak” (Council for the Judiciary)’ in the Hague has a special “insert” within it. The dark triangle we saw in my earlier post turns out to be a sort of clear glass / perspex cut-out of the main floor, where it’s then possible to look down onto the multiple floors below.

This view downstairs gives a glimpse of some of the amazing tilework in the literal floors of the floors benieth. The lights shining on the thick glass / perspex make photographing the scene below rather tricky but I did my best. It’s clear that it’s not just me who finds this beautiful, there is a near constant stream of visitors gathered around this section, and I hear comment after comment about how impressive, innovative and inspirational this is.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 29, 2020

Judical Architecture…

Following yesterday’s post, I have arrived in the “Raad voor de rechtspraak” (Council for the Judiciary) in The Hague. Standing in the central space I am torn between looking up, at the beautiful balconies, or down at the amazing floor. At this moment the balconies win. The skylight above give light, bright views, I love the space, materials, patterns and shapes.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 28, 2020

Raad voor de Rechtspraak,(Council for the Judiciary): And The Pillars Of Justice…

My 2019 ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for National Historic Places sites) tour has bought me to the “Raad voor de rechtspraak” (Council for the Judiciary) in The Hague. Once inside, the entrance hallway opens up into a large central area, surrounded by a beautiful pillared gallery. The central floor area appears to be tiled in various motifs but it’s the large triangular area in the center that attracts the attention…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 26, 2020

An Architect Surveying His Work?

Entering the “Raad voor de rechtspraak” (Council for the Judiciary) I admire the ornate entrance and take a moment to rest (there was a small staircase to be negotiated) and try and take in the images sitting in the shadows of the “backside” of the grand doorway entrance. I see for example a stone image of a man at centre top of the door.

He “looks” into the building and somehow it would not at all surprise me if this was a portrait of one of the Van Nieukerken brothers who designed this building. As a detail fanatic is he maybe watching over his work to make certain that his efforts are looked after down the ages? An Architect surveying his work? The ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for National Historic Places sites) continue to surprise and amaze me…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 25, 2020

Detail Right From The Front Steps, What’s Not To Love?

I’ve arrived at the “Raad voor de Rechtspraak” (Council for the Judiciary) building, located at “Kneuterdijk 1” in the centre of the Hague. The first part of the ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for National Historic Places sites) guidebook tells me:

This office was built between 1920 for the Nederlandsche Handelsmaatschappij (Netherlands Trading Society). The neo-Renaissance style building was designed by the brothers Van Nieukerken, who revived traditional building styles and meticulous detailing.

It’s clear that the detailing starts on the outside of the building… as a fellow detail fanatic, it looks very much like I’m going to adore this place…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 24, 2020

Lost, But Found Beautiful Stone…

langevoorhout area 1 (Small)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Opps, I accidentally messed up my Schedule (again!).

I made two posts dated for tomorrow, 25th March and forgot to delete the (former blank) one that I’d dated for the 24th.

Actually one of the “25th” dated ones should have been dated as the 24th. See? I can’t even explain myself without messing up. Apologies. I’ve fixed it now.

During my wheelchair travels in the Hague on the 2019 ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for National Historic Places sites), I had left the Hague City Riding School and was searching for an address. The place I was looking for is the “Raad voor de rechtspraak” (Council for the Judiciary), but it’s not quite where I thought it would be from the directions in the guidebook map. Regular readers of my blog will know that navigation is very, very, very, far from being one of my strong points, and that getting lost is a regular feature of our family holidays.

Now I’m applying the “scenic route” principle of frustrating navigation to domestic travels as well, even in the centre of a city where I have lived for more than twenty-five years now. I came across this building thinking it was the one I wanted. Apparently it’s not but the stonework was well worth drooling over and documenting for my Architectural details files.

langevoorhout area 1a (Small)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

langevoorhout area 1b (Small)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

langevoorhout area 1c (Small)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

langevoorhout area 1d (Small)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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