” Nature has no closed doors “
Standing in the vestibule, a person needs to enter with quick steps, longing for the security of a house.
But I stood still. And only realized seconds later what was holding me back.
The click of the door. Falling shut and closing off my world from the rest.
Wasn’t that the basis of the human civilization that makes us so proud, cultivating our species, nesting and settling.
Establishment and port?
Wasn’t public the inseparable and distinctive part of cultivation in the beginning? ” Open and together .. Open .. Yes! “
We want an open house, open where the light dances playfully in from all sides, where boundaries are set to seek each other out and not to turn away.
Where every room has its own outside, where the trees and plants bend to the southern sun and a roof where the sky falls in.
“We will build, build on a basis of an open, sustainable, warm and energy-efficient future. “”
“” The Emir’s house had no door, everyone was welcome.
Nobody had a chance to change their mind because they still had to knock,
You are welcome and enter … “”
Most houses in Oud-Duinoord were built at the end of the 19th century. At that time, Neo-Renaissance architecture was very much in vogue, sometimes mixed with Romanesque and Gothic elements. Characteristic are the rich decorations, turrets and bay windows, and the use of natural stone. Faces, including animal heads, are often sculpted in ceilings and consoles. Most of the elements have been resurrected from the Renaissance period. There are plenty of examples on the Sweelinckplein.
After the turn of the century, the Neo-Renaissance became gradual
replaced by a completely new style, which originated in Austria and Belgium: the Art-Nouveau or Jugendstil, here also derisively called curmie or vermicelli style. Tradition was broken and they no longer wanted to use elements from early architectural styles.
In The Hague, the only Dutch city where Art-Nouveau has been applied on a large scale, this transition was very timid; only Art-Nouveau can therefore hardly be found in Duinoord.
Many buildings show a mixture of this style with some Neo-Renaissance elements. The Jugendstil is characterized by curved and broken lines, empty balustrades, steel constructions and colored brick. Natural stone is rarely used. Particular attention should be paid to window layout, wrought iron balcony balustrades, and stained glass.
In Oud-Duinoord you will find Art-Nouveau in the last part of the 2e Schuytstraat and Obrechtstraat, while Nieuw-Duinoord, which was demolished for more than half during the war, is almost entirely built in Art-Nouveau.
A large part of the Duinoord district has been designated
to a protected cityscape, including the Nicolaïstraat.
1. Eline Vere statue in the eponymous park
2. Sunny Court, the enormous urban (playground) garden hidden between buildings
3. Cafe Madeleine, a cozy ” French ” cafe for delicious breakfast and lunch
4. The cozy Reinkenstraat with various shops, catering and specialty shops
5. Restaurant Da Braccini, which has been voted the best Italian restaurant in the Netherlands!
In 1891, The Hague banker Dr. D. P. Scheurleer submitted a plan to the municipality, which was adopted in modified form in 1892 by the ‘N.V. Haagse Bouwgrond Maatschappij Duinoord ”. This company had made major land purchases to the southwest of the Zeeheldenkwartier. The residential area to be built on these sandy soils was mainly intended for the wealthy. The original plan was drawn up by the director of the Public Works Department, ir. I.A. Lindo, which has been changed in terms of traffic technology, among other things, resulting in better connection possibilities with existing (and new to be built) neighborhoods.
The construction was completed between 1892 and around 1902. The southwestern boundary of the district was determined by the Drain Canal and the route of the steam tram to Scheveningen.
This tramway ran on the Reinkenstraat – Carnegielaan route behind the houses of the Obrechtstraat.
The Company ” Duinoord ”, which wished to prevent speculation construction as in the Zeeheldenkwartier, in 1892 launched a competition for facade designs, to which architects and building contractors could submit. The result is various detailed facades.
The Nicolaistraat, named after the composer Willem Frederik Gerard Nicolai, runs from the first Sweelinckstraat to the Stadhouderslaan and was built in 1901.
Willem Nicolai was born in 1829. He studied at the Leipzig Conservatory and was also able to keep up as an organist.
In 1865 he became director of the then “Royal Muzyk School” and remained so until his death in 1896.
Willem Nicolai was editor of the music magazine “Caecilia”; he composed operas, choral works, songs and an oratorio (Bonifacius). Nicolai was an enthusiastic music school director. He loved the music of Wagner and Liszt. He wrote easily digestible music, which can be compared to the compositions of Mendelssohn and Schumann.
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