the end of W.W.I, the Amsterdam School architects designed large housing
projects to replace slums and to expand the city. These buildings
incorporated larger floor plans with balconies overlooking huge central
gardens. Many of the design elements incorporated a progressive attitude
towards apartment life allowing for more light and air and taking into
account human ergonomics.
block sized streamlined brick structures also had some unique design elements
such as busts of famous people and unusual doors. Large windows sometimes
at odd angles or in weird shapes make each building unique. Visit
School Architecture for more about this celebrated design movement.
it's masterful art deco decor, the Tuschinski Theater is a landmark of the
period. Now a very popular movie venue, it's worth a visit just to
gawk at the interior. A great illustrated reference with numerous
walking tours of Amsterdam is: Eyewitness Travel Guides: Amsterdam. I highly recommend it!
Note:The Amsterdam School of architecture explored pioneering new solutions to urban residential design that radically improved city living.
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