OFFICE BUILDING BIM/SHELL
J.J.P. OUD, 1938-1946, Wassenaarseweg 80, Den Haag
This building was seen particularly in the foreign architectural press as Oud's betrayal of the Modern Movement. The symmetrical office slab is accentuated on the ground floor by a low-rise feature terminating in a circular canteen. In its use of ornament the design seems a far cry from Oud's work of the 1920s. It ushers in his later period of less severe, more expressive work though never as extreme as here.