In Amsterdam we might not always be aware that what the city has to offer us – is not the standard for many who come to visit. As born Amsterdammers we are somewhat spoiled with so much choice to experience and entertain us Food Lovers, Fashion Passionates, Art & Music Lovers, Creators….
At the foot of Harwood Ave. S. you will find Veterans Point Gardens, dedicated to HMS Ajax, the Royal Navy ship after which the Town was named. Before the Second World War, the territory in which Ajax is situated was a rural part of the township of Pickering. The town itself was first established in 1941 when a Defence Industries Limited (D.I.L.) shell plant was constructed and a townsite grew around the plant.
Ghent was at the centre of the Flanders textile region. The first business recorded on this site was that of Pieter Van Huffel. The contract he won in 1819, allowed him to purchase a steam engine for his cotton mill. Around 1830 he built adjoining weaving sheds.
It is worth taking a closer look into this former commodity exchange, now cultural centre, designed by the architect H.P. Berlage. He is considered to be the father of modern architecture in the Netherlands mainly because of his design for this Exchange. With this building, Berlage succeeded in freeing himself of the historicizing styles and gave architecture a rational basis, in which he subordinated decoration to architectural elements.