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OFFICE BUILDING HET VRIJE VOLK
J.J.M. VEGTER, P.A. LEUPEN, 1951-1955, Slaak 34, Rotterdam
Kantoorgebouw Het Vrije Volk / Office Building Het Vrije Volk ( J.J.M. Vegter, P.A. Leupen )
© 2007 Rook & Nagelkerke

ARCHITECT(URAL OFFICE):
Jo Vegter
P.A. Leupen

ARTIST:
Wessel Couzijn

BUILDING TYPE:
Office buildings

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.