Good design takes a soaking

By Hamish Keith In Cultural Curmudgeon

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14th February, 2013
In the 17th century, the Dutch maintained a commercial empire that stretched around the globe. Their warships patrolled as far away as Japan; they even called in on us briefly in 1642. Their ships were among the world’s best designed. As painters of the sea, they were unexcelled. The Netherlands is on average 11m above sea level and more than 60% of its 16 million-plus inhabitants live below that. Clearly, they would have an attraction to water. Even so, it seems hard to explain why they would design an extension to the pioneering Stedelijk contemporary art museum in the shape ...

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