Good news for those who see narrative in post WWII architecture: the Netherlands has added almost 90 buildings from the reconstruction period (1965-1965) on its list of State Monuments, including the exhibition halls of RAI Amsterdam and the city’s Hilton Hotel at Apollo Lane where Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono spent a week in bed discussing peace and love during their honeymoon in March 1969.
State Secretary Jet Bussemaker who announced the list Monday morning said it serves to keep history alive. “The list of Royal Monuments is a list of stories. Every time we add a building to it, we say ‘this is such a story,” she said.
The venue for the announcement of the 89 additions to the list –the Evoluon of Eindhoven-, also copped a spot on the list. The futuristic, flying saucer shaped structure is a conference center and former science museum erected by electronics company Philips in 1966. Since its construction, it has become a landmark and a symbol for the city. Also listed are concert building De Doelen in Rotterdam and the Zeeland Bridge, the longest bridge of the Netherlands, which spans between North Beveland and Schouwen-Duiveland.
Structures that have the status of State Monument may not be demolished or modified without a license. Owners of monuments are expected to maintain their property well, and may request state subsidy for this. The list is not yet final’ the Council for Culture still has to issue its advice and people who rather not be burdened by the obligations of owning a monument, may still object.
The last time The Netherlands added new buildings to its list of architectural monuments was 2007; 100 buildings from the early reconstruction period (1940-1958) made it on then. The 89 buildings that are now being added are categorized in themes that played an important role in the early sixties.
The train stations of Tilburg and Almelo are categorized in “Infrastructure” and the Hilton of Amsterdam and the sculpture garden of the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo were listed under “Leisure”. But the list also includes a couple of exemplary monuments, like the ANWB building in Wassenaar, the Radio Nederland Wereldomroep building in Hilversum and the KNVB Building in Zeist.
Quite an interesting trip it would be if your thing is making your own list of all State Monuments.