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Main Street

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Every town has a town centre, mainstreet or market where the City hall, a church and commercial outlets such as banks, coffeeshops and others are located. This is the main street in Schijndel, the town where we are staying.

Hoofdstraat Schijndel

Hoofdstraat Schijndel

It has architecturally fitting, heritage style, building facades and interesting town planning. NO CARS! Would you believe it? Only pedestrians and bicycles with the odd service vehicle. Many terraces where people can sit outside to have a drink or a snack, have a chat or just watch the world go by.

Bright red when used judiciously is my favourite  colour which may be questionable in this sketch. It is a reaction to the large new building that was constructed on the market. It is a very interesting structure, apparently all steel and glass in the shape of a traditional farm building; many of these authentic farms are still visible in the rural landscape around town. It is a magnificent structure on its own and it is called the “Glazen Boerderij” meaning the glass farm building.

Unfortunately, it appears out of context, out of scale and  it blocks the view of the church; it takes away from the intimacy that bequeathed this town centre.



Author: John Hofman

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