The GEM of Berlage

By: Louk Vreeswijk

May 15 2016

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Category: Europe, Netherlands

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Having lived in Amsterdam for nearly half a century, the name Berlage has become very familiar to me, as have the remarkable buildings he designed for this city a century ago and which are now protected monuments often carrying his name. Like the ‘Beurs van Berlage’ (the commodity exchange) and the ‘Berlagebrug’ (bridge of Berlage). Thousands of times I must have crossed the river Amstel over his bridge, on cycle, on foot, by tram, bus or car.

But his most successful work, the building he liked best, was his last: the GEMeentemuseum in The Hague. And I do agree with him. The museum I took you to in my blog posts of the last few weeks is a GEM of a building!

Berlage died in 1934, a year before the completion of the construction of the museum.

Photo of the week: Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands 2015

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