Hilversum Town Hall

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Willem Dudok, 1884–1974

Hilversum, Netherlands; 1928–31

Brick has a long history in the Netherlands. Much of the country was once below sea level, and land has been reclaimed by allowing the build-up of fine clay silt from river estuaries, but substantial areas of the natural land also are clay. Fired clay can be as strong as stone, and it is typically made into bricks that can be lifted with one hand, so a skilled bricklayer can make surprisingly rapid progress with construction.

Before the advent of the railways, bricks were expensive to transport, so they were made locally – often with a temporary kiln on a building site. ...

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