Surprising interplay of styles
The Beurs van Berlage cannot be assigned to one style, and shows characteristics of both Neo-Romanesque architecture and Art Nouveau. Above all, it is regarded as a precursor to movements such as the Amsterdam School. In the eyes of Berlage, the enormous brick walls depict the democratic society: ‘insignificant as an individual, but a power as a mass‘. The clock tower with the ‘Beursbengel’ is the most striking element of the building. It is inspired by the 13th-century Torre del Popolo in the northern Italian city of Brescia. In 1999, the Beurs van Berlage was placed on the list of 1,000 most important buildings of the twentieth century by the Union Internationale des Architectes.
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