modest architecture

there are small buildings standing on the top of the bridges in amsterdam. these are the humble but important miniature replicas that leads you to follow architectural styles of the city. 

since 1917, the names such as berlage, piet kramer and aldo van eyck that shaped urban and architectural history have been commissioned by amsterdam public works department to build these structures—one of the modest elements of urban identity.

this one built in 1956 for hortusbrug bridge follows de stijl movement for two obvious reasons: form and the color. concrete structure dominated by white and navy blue consists of an office with steel framed windows and an open balcony. 

the architect dirk sterenberg positioned the building not “on” but by the side of the bridge, so that the bridgemaster would have a good view of the bend—a naive expression from the architect to the user. 

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photos & text: dilan saray

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