Facadism

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Location: The Hague, Netherlands

"The practice of preserving the fronts of old buildings while demolishing the backs, often constructing modern interiors behind the old facades."

While facadism can be considered taboo in the architectural world, this example in the Haagsche Bluf in The Hague, Netherlands, grew on me more and more each time I visited it. The square features samples of historic facades from all over the Netherlands, including Delft. In 2001 the Haagsche Bluf won the New City Prize.

ⓒ Pen to Papier by Ailsa Craigen

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