Inside the Inktpot

Grand Hallway
This post is heavy on pictures, light on history. Plus, I think I covered most of the pertinent information about the building last week when I posted about the special opening of the building to the public. On the outside, it looks like a massive, dark behemoth of a building, and inside, you still get that feeling with the dark hallways and ever-present brick.
Repeating Patterns
It’s a bit like a cross between a castle dungeon and some of the oppressive-yet-fanciful buildings seen in films like Brazil or Metropolis. Of course, the comparison with Metropolis isn’t such a stretch, since both the film and the building are connected with German Expressionism. It was easy to imagine workers moving in ordered, quick procession through the hallways, perhaps with the sound of chugging trains overlaid. After all, this building has been used for ProRail offices. Still, if you make a wrong turn or misbehave, you may find yourself disappearing down a darkened staircase, twisting and turning.
Curves and Corners
You may even end up wrapped in heavy chains!
Still, there always seemed to be some light at the end of the tunnel.
There was even light at the top of the tallest tower.
Top of the Tower
And throughout the building, there were beautiful windows set back in their brick niches.


Decorative Details

Stained Glass
And the brick, itself, was often quite beautiful with different colors of glazes that helped to create subtle but attractive patterns.
Brick Detail
From the looks of things, it also seems to be only the hallways and staircases that are so dark and heavy. The offices all looked quite spacious and bright.
Light Offices
It’s a stylish building, with attractive furnishings throughout, as well as the cheerful orange carpet that suits the walls so well.
It’s an imposing building and certainly isn’t bound to be everyone’s taste, but I couldn’t help falling in love with it a bit. It’s a monstrous beauty.
Dizzying Heights
The full set of photos can be seen in my Inktpot Flickr set.

5 thoughts on “Inside the Inktpot

  1. I know that the brick resembles a dungeon,

    …but that said corridors are usually the soulless featureless and most intensely dull part of buildings and with this in mind these passageways are INTERESTING!

    They evoke feelings …

    (more than can be said for most corridors) and I *love* the almost hidden surprises of the stained glass and also the numbers in brick (flickr photos)
    Thanks for some intriguing photos that are very beautiful in their own way!

  2. Oh this is a great post, Alison, I’ve enjoyed it a lot. I’m away on holidays, so I’ll come back to comment on it when I’m back in NL, but I couldn’t contain myself just now! 😀
    Have a nice week!

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