Waddenzeestreet Den Helder
The absence of close ones whose occupation involves prolonged periods at sea has often been depicted with reference to sorrowful women, as seen, for example, in the Schreierstoren (Weeping Tower) in Amsterdam, which stands at the spot where seafarers bade their wives goodbye, and whose façade includes an image of a lady weeping. It doesn’t have to be this way, though, and in our design for the façade of the Waddenzeestraat apartment complex in the seaport town of Den Helder, we intend to give this essentially romantic theme an uplifting and exciting twist.
Instead of tears, we see foaming waves, bubbles and luscious forms – the women of Den Helder held their heads high rather than moping around town feeling sorry for themselves. The crowns on the roof refer to the steel ornaments favoured by the Amsterdam School, but also to the typical seafarer’s wife’s self-image as queen of her domain and agent of her destiny. The Jugendstil-like balconies provide a stage from under which the ladies who refuse to shroud themselves in grief may be serenaded.