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Amsterdam, famous for its canals, Harbour Rotterdam built his skyline, so Royal The Hague could not stay behind. Slowly she started with the image of a true lady, and proudly of Michael Graves, who built the Castalia, better known by the common Hagenese as the "Two *T*i*t*s* Of Lady The Hague", don't laugh! The 2 high sharp redly roofs, I guess ...

*kidding* It gots its name because of Minister Borst ( = brest ) who was minister of public health, wellfare and sport at the time, which ministery was located within the Castalia.

From that moment the whole old city centre of The Hague was turned upside down. Imposing is the "Atrium", about 40 m. high, the town of glass. The art deco-style of the greenish Zurich-Tower by Cesar Pelli got awarded, by the Hagenese "tampon" named. I hear you thinking ...

It is the Hoftoren which granted the Royal Lady ( The Hague ) her style of internationality. With its spire of 172 m/563 ft. Unfortunately the Hoftoren "failed" to establish the tallest building in the Netherlands. Because a mast wasn't constructed by American K.P. Fox.

Still the building got the High-Rise Award ... and ofcourse the members of the jury didn't knew at that time about the horrible high whistle the building makes with stormy weather. That is the wind which blows along the 2 parallel created roof-points. And produces that horrible high whistle ... you can hear at some distance far away.

thanks to VT friend VincentJJ for his photograph.

Address: De Resident, Parnassusplein 5
Directions: Centre of The Hague
Website: http://%bhttp://www.architectuur.org/graves01.php

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  • Written Jul 21, 2008
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