Slaak 34, Rotterdam
PUBLICATIONS:cdrom Wederopbouw Rotterdam 1940/1965, 1996
This office building for the Arbeiderspers ('workers' press') was erected on the ruins of Berlage's building for the Voorwaarts cooperative society. The new building originally had a bookshop on the ground floor, offices including the editorial offices of Het Vrije Volk national daily upstairs and a printworks with lean-to roofs at the back. Among its expressively designed elements are the freestanding concrete parasol-like awning, the trapezium-shaped bay window and the glass display case in front of the shop. The building is a typical product of '50s architecture in its combination of strapping concrete structure, expanses of brick, strips of ribbed concrete between the window bands and accents in stone and mosaic.