By the Numbers

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge theme is numbers. I like a good number shot, whether in detail or as a broader view. These are a few of my favorite number shots over the years here in Utrecht, representing a building number, an office number in the Inktpot, and a window display.

Not gonna lie; even though I wish the bunny were sharper, that’s one of my all-time favorites. I love the way the numbers on the window created the light/shadow effect on the bunny, and when looked at close up, it became more abstract and vaguely Matrix-y.
Office Number
Continuation of a Theme [Day 84/365]

Close Encounters of the Silly Kind

Urban Invasion
Utrecht seems to attract UFOs. First there was the one that landed on the Inktpot back in 2000. Sure, they say it’s just an art installation by Marc Ruygrok for Panorama 2000, but I’m pretty sure* it was a real alien landing along the lines of Area 51, and they’ve simply chosen to hide it in plain sight.

In fact, there’s even a special Area 51 exhibit over at the Stadhuis going on right now that I’ve tried to see, but was prevented from investigating more closely.**

And now, there was a sighting last night of UFOs over Voorstraat/Biltstraat, right in my neighbourhood! I’m pretty sure the cats were signalling to their fellow aliens. Luna was behaving particularly weird last night. Of course, everyone knows cats are from outer space.***

I hope they’re not coming for me! After all, this isn’t the first time I’ve seen alien spacecrafts. They keep trying to hide them in plain sight, such as on a mountain in Tennessee.

I’m onto them, though. I’ve got my tin foil and my towels ready. Boy Scouts weren’t the only ones taught to be prepared!

*I’m joking.
**I forgot they’re closed on Saturdays.
***This is completely true. Cats really are from outer space.

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.