"Addapting to the shape of the fortress" Bourtange Things to Do Tip by Pavlik_NL

Bourtange Things to Do: 34 reviews and 44 photos

  Buildings hooked in a 45 degrees angle
by Pavlik_NL

The construction of this special fortress village was meeting quite irregular solutions to problems. Space was a luxery within the walls and should be used wisely. A fivestar shape leads to many triangular shapes, so houses of rectangle form would lead tpo waste of space or narrowing streets (which would be disasterous when canons had to be transported through them. The architects of Bourtange found a perfect, though strange looking, solution by making the houses shape up to the village pattern. Some barracks have hooks that end in a 45 degrees angle, sticking out exactly into the shape of the roads. A good example is at barracks number 33, straight behind the officer of the guard.

Website: http://www.bourtange.nl

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  • Updated Apr 6, 2005
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