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Challenge: Glass IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Olympus E-1
Lens: Olympus 11-22mm f/2.8-3.5 Zuiko Digital Zoom
Location: Zaandam, The Netherlands
Date: Jul 6, 2012
Aperture: f7,1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/800s
Date Uploaded: Jul 7, 2012

This is the Hotel Inntel Zaandam, a madcap fairytale of a building. In fact, this 12-storey structure is, for a while, hard to take in. It looks like a trick, a conjuring act, as if some maverick architect ran off to join the circus, and learned how to balance one building on top of another, possibly while riding a bike. It's a stupefying, funny, delightful building a quirky addition to the skyline of Zaandam, capital of the Zaanstad region and a town best known (until now) for its cocoa, biscuits and Europe's first McDonald's.

"I didn't set out to shock," says Wilfried van Winden, chief architect of WAM , the Delft-based practice behind it. "But this is, of course, an outspoken building. And the language it speaks is the architectural language of Zaanstad. It makes a big statement, sure, but the building is not an imposition it belongs here." All the facades you see, explains the architect, are based on traditional Zaanstad houses. "From a stately notary's dwelling," he says, "to workers' cottages."

Statistics
Place: 8 out of 74
Avg (all users): 6.3423
Avg (commenters): 7.3636
Avg (participants): 6.2195
Avg (non-participants): 6.4143
Views since voting: 1137
Views during voting: 232
Votes: 111
Comments: 23
Favorites: 1 (view)


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07/16/2012 02:29:10 PM
This is a really neat building. Excellent shot.
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07/16/2012 11:48:00 AM
Insane! Love it
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07/16/2012 11:14:05 AM
Congrats on the tt!
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07/16/2012 09:02:18 AM
Congrats on the TT Fred! Such a wonderful building to photograph and you did it well.
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07/16/2012 08:29:10 AM
This is just a delightful building - wasn't sure it was real and thought it might be a charming ceramic piece or something. Didn't stop me from giving it one of my few 9's. Congratulations on the top ten.
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07/16/2012 04:34:59 AM
Lovely lines and well executed Fred congrats on the TT finish.
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07/16/2012 03:31:05 AM
Good one Fred, congrats.
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07/16/2012 12:29:04 AM
What a fascinating building! Thanks for the image and the explanation.
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07/16/2012 12:06:45 AM
Very nice, Fred. Congrats on top-10!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/15/2012 05:44:25 PM
eye pleasing
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07/15/2012 04:13:25 AM
I just love all these buildings, one of the better ones in this challenge, hope it does well for you!
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07/15/2012 01:41:24 AM
Great idea! It's not often that I see a very familiar building in a challenge.
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07/13/2012 10:32:46 PM
This is just so interesting. The diversity of pattern and limited color keeps me looking. Well done.
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07/12/2012 12:03:52 PM
Love this building and the way you shot it.
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07/11/2012 12:30:18 PM
Just saw this same image in Independence.
Gave this my second highest vote along with two others in this challenge. Different enough from the rest to stand out. The architectural difference throughout give it character along with the many shades of green.
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07/09/2012 05:06:19 PM
I hope this is Ireland, Could be France or the Netherlands I suppose, but rather than ramble, I will suffice to say nice detail, good color.
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07/09/2012 04:45:58 PM
A very clever idea and take on the challenge. High marks from me, well done!
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07/09/2012 03:50:22 PM
Love this building, how cool!
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07/09/2012 02:19:58 PM
There's no way to improve on this!! None.
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07/09/2012 01:00:59 PM
Neat shot.
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07/09/2012 10:55:10 AM
nice composition
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07/09/2012 08:30:08 AM
An exception among many boring entries. Well seen and composed
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07/09/2012 12:47:07 AM
I can't vote, since I'm a nonmember, but this would have been a ten in my books. Beautiful! Where is this?
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