Architecture of the New Hague School

 

The New Hague School has determined the appearance of the city between the two world wars.  

 

Most of the architects of this style were inspired by the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright with his expressive architecture. You see cubic architecture and sober brick walls. Concrete facade belts, window sills, cantilevered canopies, flower banks and roof projections gave the buildings an expressive horizontal articulation. The vertical articulation by towers, chimneys and height differences completed the most asymmetric compositions with linear elements and sites. De from Wright derived details were applied in the drive for a balance between a 'dynamic floating' horizontalism and a 'monumental' verticalism. 

 

Mistakenly this style got a marginal position in the architecture history. The marvelous qualities are being revealed during the last decades. Architects appreciate the special detailing and citizen of The Hague start to realize that they are living in a distinctive house or district. November 2008 the book Schoone Eenheid  was published, the first standard work about this style, with more than 1000 photographs. 

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