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It is believed that Berlage's design for Holland House was inspired by the work of Louis Sullivan after a trip to the States in 1911. The building is believed to be the first example of a steel frame structure in Europe. It is clad in glazed bricks, which were made in Delft and transported over on the client's own ships. Prior to the destruction of the Baltic Exchange, opposite, in 1992 and the subsequent building of Foster's Swiss Re building on the same site, Bury Street was a dark, narrow passageway. Berlage recognised this and designed the elevations to be seen obliquely. The creation of the piazza at the base of the Gherkin gave an opportunity, for the first time, for the building to be seen frontally, and perhaps to be more widely admired. On the south leg of Bury Street, was a secondary entrance. This has since gone, but a splendid black-granite sculpture by J.M. da Costa, associated with this feature, was retained. Inside there are ceramic compositions by B. van der Leck.

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Earlier this year I was in London with a group of Dutch colleagues and we were taken around Holland House by the receptionist. The ceramic wall tiling on the ground floor and in the basement is exceptionally colourful and beautiful.
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Holland House
Bury Street 1-4
United Kingdom
Project is not public!
How to get there? The project stands on the east side of Foster's Swiss Re building (also known as the Gherkin). The nearest tube station is Aldgate (Metropolitan & Circles lines).
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Completion 1916
ArchitectHendrik Petrus Berlage
artistBart van der Leck
artistJoseph Mendes da Costa
Client W H Muller & Co
Project ID 5498
Latitude/Longitude 51°30'51N 00°04'47W
Contributed by davidb
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