In the 1930s a beautiful yellowish type of brick was used a lot in housing projects and public space projects in Amsterdam.
The color of brick depends on many factors, primarily on the exact composition of the clay used for them, but also firing temperature and even location in the kiln play a role. This particular brick is mainly yellow, but some individual bricks have reddish accents or appear completely reddish – as a result, the total color impression can vary a lot depending on the type of light; due to the color variation, a wall from this brick never looks dull. We find it often combined with a contrasting very dark brick that can look almost bluish black and sometimes elements of light granite.
Further along the wall separating the low-lying Erasmuspark from the higher Jan van Galenstraat (walking up the ramp), the simple horizontal bond now makes place for playful geometric bond that emphasizes the color variations in this yellow brick.
Year built: 1932
Taken near the Jan van Galenstraat, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2010
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1
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