Friday, September 24, 2010

Mijn Vier Huisjes:

This cluster of four houses along the Rokin, in the center of Amsterdam, have become my favorite cluster of houses in the entire city. And the most interesting part about this statement is that, these houses are not houses at all; they once were, but they've now been absorbed into the University of Amsterdam, in some way. Which means that these houses no longer serve their original purpose as shelter for citizens, instead serving the city and its citizens at large. And though their program has changed, their sinuous gables have not. Proudly standing for all of the city for see, at the confluence of multiple highly trafficked streets and sidewalks, these four houses are four gems that together total one gem, in the center of this fine city.