OFFICE BUILDING DE NEDERLANDEN VAN 1845 ROTTERDAM (DUDOK)
W.M. DUDOK, 1942-1952, Meent 88/Westewagenstraat, Rotterdam
Willem Marinus Dudok
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Office Building De Nederlanden van 1845 (Arnhem)
It was only when a 'grand café' was opened in 1991 in this former insurance office that this building by Dudok came into the public eye. The post-war work of this architect who trod the dividing line between traditionalism and functionalism is regarded as being of lesser significance, most probably without justification. The building combines a 6 metre high basement with four levels of maisonettes, the whole topped by a curved concrete shell roof. The ground floor is dominated by the 6 metre high staff hall with its large expanses of glass and enlivened only by round columns. The former entry zone on the Meent boasts a mezzanine.