Friday, May 11, 2007

Duiker's Zonnestraal Sanatorium, Hilversum (1931)

Originally uploaded by markmclellan.
We took the train to Hilversum to see two buildings, this sanatorium and the town hall. We haggled with three taxis to take the twelve of us to see this, wait for 20 minutes and then return us to the town hall. It was a beautiful, sunny day - we were very lucky with the weather.

This was built for TB sufferers, partly to help them recover with lots of fresh air and partly to isolate them from others so they did not spread the disease. The believed lots of fresh air was essentlal so there are plenty of balconies and windows - all very light and airy.

1 comment:

Rosa said...

Wow, it's beautiful. Over here, a sanatarium is usually for the mentally ill.