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    Posted: 07 June 2021 at 21:51
In the Dutch place Hilversum was a tuberculosis sanatorium, called 'De Zonnestraal' (Sunbeam). It was architected and constructed in the 30-ies of the last century.
The architects were Duiker and Bijvoet. The construction was designed by Wiebenga, who also constructed the van Nelle building in Rotterdam.
The main architectural goal was 'Light and Fresh Air', because that was what Tuberculosis patients needed.
It was expected that Tuberculosis would be curable in 30 years, so that determined the intended lifespan of the buildings.
The buildings were made out of reinforced concrete with metal windows.
It was at the limits of the constructional possibilities at the time.
They're still here, in the middle of a very large park. And well maintained too.

Since it was a beautiful day and the terraces are open again, we went there and had a good walk and coffee and I took some pictures.

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Domien,
A beautifully designed and crafted piece of functional modernist design of its time. Lovely to see it has been preserved. Buildings fo that era and style sometimes suffer from leaking flat roofs and 'concrete cancer' where the rusted rebar expands and breaks the concrete cover.
Does it have any current usage for any purpose, or is it simply a museum piece with a café?
Hospitals and sanatoria from that era were often based on the principles of natural light and fresh air as being important therapeutic elements in promoting health and well-being.
The best hospital designs to this day follow similar principles.
Thanks for sharing.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MichelvA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 June 2021 at 06:10
You did justice to this beautiful building. While the van Nelle building is more special, i can see similarities. I like the fact you covered many different views, isolated striking parts (like #3,5,14), and not to forget the selfie #5    . TFS Domien.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 June 2021 at 17:54
Thank you for taking us on a visit to a very interesting collection of structures. I love architecture and your photos show a strong influence of the art-deco period that was strong in the 20s and 30s.

Another box to tick when I next visit our close neighbours across the channel
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 June 2021 at 18:40
Excellent set of images - of a quite challenging architectural object. It is an amazing modernist building and you depicted it very effectively.

My favorites are #3 - a typical detail embodying the building's style, #6 - showing the convoluted character of the building, #8 - a very good "panoramic" shot (on par with #13), and #14 - with a fascinating view through the complex building.

I wonder if it would have been possible to take an image with the two stairways in a symmetrical (central perspective) fashion.

Outstanding work! TFS!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dopol Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 June 2021 at 09:14
Thanks for the remarks

The buildings were restored/repaired in 2007 and are currently used as office space and training facilities.
The whole park is a popular walking area.
A selfie is inevitable around glass buildings
When I'm around there I'll take some pictures of the early (wooden) buildings and a symmetrical perspective of the main building (with the two staircases)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote maraten Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 June 2021 at 21:10
Very nice pictures indeed! I like the simple straightforward compositions of #1 and especially #3. Fits the building really well. Do feel that the tones are somewhat off, the sky looks like it was bluer in real life.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dopol Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 June 2021 at 09:48
Originally posted by maraten maraten wrote:

Very nice pictures indeed! I like the simple straightforward compositions of #1 and especially #3. Fits the building really well. Do feel that the tones are somewhat off, the sky looks like it was bluer in real life.
Thanks
You are right Maarten, the tones are a bit off.
It's the standard preset I use for architecture photos.
It brings out all the details, at the cost of a slightly-off blue.
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