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April 9, 2020

The Sign Of The Clock Face?

On thing that surprised me  whilst visiting “Raad voor de rechtspraak” (Council for the Judiciary) was the clock in the main entrance hallway. For some reason it has the signs of the zodiac around the clock face, something I have never seen before. Who knows why? Or how old it is… it’s an interesting find though.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

April 8, 2020

Getting Excellent Reception…

I struggle to remember when I might have ever seen a Reception desk that is so organic. Reminding me of a well worn pebble, maybe a piece of fruit, acorn or a sea shell, the Reception desk inside the  “Raad voor de rechtspraak” (Council for the Judiciary), is hands down a stunning piece of design. The old collumns in the background fit beautifully into the over all “look”too. This is a piece of utilitarian office furniture taken to a whole new level. This piece gets an excellent reception.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

April 7, 2020

Vintage And Antique…

Following yesterday’s post and my visit during ‘Nationale Monumentendag’(where National Historic Places site buildings usually closed to the public are open for one weekend per year for visitors).

I am at the “Raad voor de rechtspraak” (Council for the Judiciary), where there is a cabinet of vintage and antique fixtures and fitting from thoughout the history of the building. Regular readers will know that I love old things…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

“Downstairs release /venting” ( referring to a valve? – it could be, but it isn’t specified) “First Floor”. (it’s not clear what this means unless you know what kind of equipment this refers to).

Pronunciation: “Be-nay-den  ont-lukk-ting  err-(ster-uh) (say these two together quickly)  vur-deep-ing“.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

April 5, 2020

Not Your Usual Council Chair…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The sitting area off the main entrance area in the “Raad voor de rechtspraak” (Council for the Judiciary) in The Hague is a little different than in most Government Departments I have been in. In the second photograph of yesterdays post is a glimpse of what I mean:  in amongst the “usual” sort of waiting room chairs are massive red chairs, deep and comfortable.  There are even footstooIs!

I didn’t get photographs of the rest of them because they were occupied by other visitors, but when this one became free for a moment I was quick to snap a photo.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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)

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)

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