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Buildings in Drachten

A few buildings in Drachten I missed first time round.

Art Deco style brickwork on this:-

Art Deco Brickwork, Drachten

Typical old Dutch style:-

Dutch Style Building, Drachten

Modern bungalow type house but flat-roofed:-

House and Trees, Drachten

Another more modern style house:-

Modern Style House, Drachten

I also spotted this neat multi-child trolley being trundlied across the town square:-

Baby Trolley, Drachten, The Netherlands

Drachten Again

I posted photos of some of the buildings in Drachten, Friesland, The Netherlands, in November 2016.

Last year we visited the town again and it seemd to be on a Mondrian kick.

Several commercial premises were done out in his signature style.

Garage:-

Mondrian Decoration, Drachten,The Netherlands,

Shoe shop:-

Mondrian Window Dressing, Drachten, The Netherlands,

Shoe shop’s other window:-

More Mondrian Window Dressing

Stack of cubes in a café:-

Stack of Mondrian Cubes

Suspended cubes in the same café:-

Suspended Mondrian Cubes

We asked in the café what the reason for the Mondrian decorations was and they seemed not to know but thought it might have been a celebration of De Stijl (the Style.) 2017 was its 100th anniversary.

Sneek (iv) – The Cinema

The ultra-modern clean lines of Sneek’s cinema argue against it being Art Deco:-

Sneek Cinema 1

Yet despite its rather austere look there’s a definite deco feel to this. It might just be the flagpole but there is “rule of three” in the windows:-

Sneek Cinema 2

Sneek (ii)

Dutch towns have interesting architectural features. Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether a building is Art Deco or not. Others are distinctively Dutch/Low Countries as on the right here:-

Buildings in Sneek, The Netherlands

The doorway to the middle building above has Art Deco features to it. Certainly there’s “rule of three” in the windows above it and the door itself has a very 30s feel. The ironwork on the gates is good too:-

Art Deco Doorway, Sneek, The Netherlands,

The brickwork on the canalside house below is very distinctive and there’s more than a hint of Deco to the double doors in the centre. Also a Charles Rennie Mackintosh feel to all the doors:-

Decorative Brickwork, Sneek, The Netherlands

And is this Deco or merely Dutch style?:-

Deco Style? Sneek, The Netherlands

Note the squares in the window highlights. And there’s an Art Nouveau touch to the decoration just above the windows but below the brick arches:-

Deco Detail, Sneek, The Netherlands

Sneek (i)

There’s something satisfying about a town which has water in or near its centre. It nearly always brightens the place up.

Sneek (it’s pronounced snake) is a town in Friesland, in the north of The Netherlands.

Like a lot of towns in Flanders and most in The Netherlands, Sneek is built around canals. This one was right beside the road leading into the town from the motorway. The town centre is just off to the right.

Canal in Sneek,  Friesland

We parked by the side of this (different) canal:-

Canal

That was after having crossed this bridge to get to the canalside:-

Canal Bridge

And this canal is in the middle of a shopping street. Notice the “Christmas Light” style hangings over the canal:-

Canal in Sneek

Along with more standard light fittings these also appeared over the “normal” streets:-

Street in Sneek

The design is in the shape of the Waterpoort, a prominent feature of Sneek’s townscape which I’ll post about later.

This is another beautiful, leafy canal in Sneek:-

Canal

A bit further along the same canal was this striking modern theatre:-

Sneek Theatre

Unusual House Terrace in Doune, Stirlingshire

In the Scottish vernacular style:-

A House in Doune, Stirlingshire

Close-up on stepped corner gable:-

A House in Doune Close-up

Nice turret with cartouche, tall thin window, archway and curved-top gates to side:-

Doune House 3.

Cartouche. I can’t decipher the monogram but the date is 1894:-

Doune House Cartouche

Doune houses, archway and gates. Note triangular shaped bay windows:-

Doune House Archway and Gates

Doune houses reverse angle:-

Doune  Houses Reverse Angle

Crichton Collegiate Kirk

The kirk is by the narrow road leading to the path to Crichton Castle (see previous post.)

Kirk from the castle:-

Crichton Collegiate Kirk From Crichton Castle

Kirk from the path to the castle:-

Crichton Collegiate Kirk

Kirk from churchyard:-

Crichton Collegiate Kirk

Kirk from east:-

Crichton Collegiate Kirk 2

Crichton Castle

The castle is in Midlothian, by the village of Crichton, which is itself near Pathhead on the A68.

The castle from the access path:-

Crichton Castle

Castle and stables from minor road across the valley:-

Crichton Castle

The stables (or they may have been a slaughterhouse or chapel) from the castle:-

Crichton Castle Stables

Closer view of stables:-

Crichton Castle Stables Close View

View through stables:-

Crichton Castle, View Through Stables

View to castle through stables:-

Crichton Castle, Through Stables

Unusual “pointy” internal wall of castle, apparently Italian influenced:-

Crichton Castle, Internal Wall

Internal detail on stonework:-

Crichton Castle, Internal Detail

More detail:-

Crichton Castle, More Internal Detail

The castle contains Scptland’s first scale-and-platt (ie modern style) staircase:-

Crichton Castle  stairs

Art Deco in Pittenweem?

Pittenweem is a fishing village in the East Neuk of Fife.

It has an annual Art Festival which we usually attend. While there last year I came upon this Art Deco/Moderne building, acting as one of the venues. Whatever it’s certainly 1930s.

Art Deco/Moderne, Pittenweem

Art Deco/Moderne Building, Pittenweem

View from behind. A garage is to the left here:-

Side View, Art Deco/Moderne, Pittenweem

The garage:-

Art Deco Style Garage, Pittenweem

Pittenweem Primary School is not quite Art Deco, being erected in 1912, but has some prefigurative elements:-

Not Quite Art Deco, Pittenweem Primary School

Left-side entrance to Pittenweem Primary School:-

Entrance, Pittenweem Primary School

Art Deco – and more – in Castle Douglas

Castle Douglas is a small town in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. (I have seen the town’s name translated into French as Chateau Sans Chien. You have to be Scottish to get this. Castle Dug-less.) It has quite a few examples of more or less deco style.

Nikos Greek Restaurant:-

Nikos, Castle Douglas

Door detail, Nikos Greek Restaurant:-

Door Detail, Nikos, Castle Douglas

A former bank now a kids (clothes?) shop:-

Former Bank, Castle Douglas

Fine carved detailing round and above door on former bank:-

Door Detail, Former Bank, Castle Douglas

Telephone Exchange. Pity the windows’ eyes are poked out on this building:-

Castle Douglas Telephone Exchange

Castle Douglas Library is housed in a rather fine old building:-

Castle Douglas Library

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