Welcome to the October 2023 newsletter!
As previously mentioned, I took another short road trip to northern Europe last month, taking in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. My inspiration was architecture, in particular the tall and unusual, hopefully both! With a loose working title of "The Architect's Folly", my research created a route through several cities, starting in Brugge then Ghent and Antwerp before crossing the border into the Netherlands, on to Rotterdam (Delft/The Hague) and later to Amsterdam before heading back through Brussels.
Having been aware of Port House in Antwerp for quite a while now this opportunity to visit couldn't be missed. Port House (Havenhuis) in Antwerp demonstrates the power, beauty and extraordinary design of one of the worlds greatest architects - Zaha Hadid. Designed for the Port Authority in Antwerp, this awesome structure floats above an existing historic building, the Fire House. The building itself references the hull and bow of a ship but also the steel and glass forms echo the shape of a diamond, which Antwerp has a long standing relationship with. Fortunately the sun shone pretty much every day of the trip giving lots of opportunity for clean skies and deep shadows in the images. I am very pleased with the results, above and below.