Going Dutch : the Netherlands and Architecture


It seems the Dutch have this currency thing down. Everyone loved the Guilder and it seems they’re at it again. “The design of a new commemorative 5 Euro coin, called the Architecture Fiver, is based on the subject of ‘Netherlands and Architecture’. Designed by artist Stani Michiels, the portrait of the Dutch Queen Beatrix is constructed with names of important Dutch architects. On the outside the names are clearly readable, while they slowly get smaller to the center. The back side of the coin is designed as a book shelf. The books rise as buildings towards the center. Through their careful placement they combine to outline the Netherlands, while birds’ silhouettes suggest the geographical location of the capitals of all the provinces.” Now why can’t we take a page from their book when it comes to our currency … at least in terms of being more progressive. Please. (Originally published here)


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