The main menu of architectureguide.nl enables you to search for buildings (which here include civil engineering works, parks and urban design projects), architects (which here include architectural practices, visual artists, urban designers and landscape architects), cities (which here include towns and villages) and building types.
Click on one of these options and a further selection presents itself in the left-hand column. The next step is to select from these an individual entry, a building or an architect. The search function in this column is directly related to the previous choice made from among the above five categories.
The main frame shows thumbnails of items related to the selection made from the left-hand column. After clicking on a thumbnail or on an item in the left-hand column the project page featuring that item appears.
Each project page gives a description in text and image of the selected building. The number of small red squares indicate the number of photographs of that item. Click on 'MAP' to get the item's exact location.
On the map page you can choose between a map or a satellite image. You can also make use of 'streetview' (drag the small figure just below top left to the location on the map).
The image at the top of the left-hand column is of an item chosen at random from architectureguide.nl. Clicking on the image will take you to the project page in question. Test your knowledge or that of your friends; you could even make it into a quiz!
Architectureguide.nl also has a feature that enables you to search with a greater focus in the buildings database. The 'Advanced Search for Buildings' option allows you to narrow down your parameters. You can choose a word or part of a word from the name of a building or other item, a building type, a province, a period (from year to year) or a combination of the above - for example, buildings for education in Zuid-Holland between 1930 and 1950.
All architects have their own page with a few brief facts about them: proper name and initials, first or familiar name, year of birth (and year of death where applicable), publications by and about them and links to the buildings they have designed or worked on. Our intention is to expand these facts into full-blown biographical information.
The compilers would like to point out that a number of buidings are on private ground, so that in the event of visiting such buildings care should be taken to disturb the privacy of their occupants and users as little as possible.