In order to strengthen its cultural profile and to make the city centre even more attractive, Leiden city council decided it needed a modern pop venue. Over the years, the city council bought a number of buildings in a block on the 19th century ring around the city centre, between the Lakenhal Museum and the Scheltema culture complex. There were a number of charming houses in the block, but the real pearl was the 19th century, brick factory building on Marktsteeg, unusual for Leiden, originally built for making cement. Ector Hoogstad Architecten were asked to design a pop centre within the area of the block and to make use of as much of the monumental buildings as possible. With some improvisation, the designs resulted in a plan where old and new, atmosphere and functionality, complement each other perfectly.
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AFGHANISTAN, JALAL-ABAD : Afghan siblings take a break as they work at a traditional brick factory on the outskirts of Jalalabad in Nangarhar province on January 25, 2014. The thousands of neatly-stacked sandy bricks baked in these coal-fired ovens are in high demand in the capital and across Afghanistan, as the country tries to rebuild after three decades of conflict. AFP PHOTO/Noorullah Shirzada
Claybank Brick Plant NHS, Claybank Saskatchewan. “North America’s best preserved Brick Making site” looks much like it did when it opened in 1912, Production stopped in 1989, and the site is now a National Historic site, giving the visitor an introduction to early 20th century factory complexes.
BANGLADESH, Khulna : In this photograph taken on January 18, 2016, a
Bangladeshi worker carries bricks at a brick factory on the outskirts of
Khulna some 266kms south of Dhaka. Very few of the brick kilns in
Bangladesh - approximately 7,000, according to government estimates –
have been constructed following proper design and environmental rules,
according to experts. And the consequences have been devastating as
brick kilns are the largest source of greenhouse gases in Bangladesh, so
much so that the smoke spewed out by them has been identified as one of
the main factors behind the worsening quality of air in the country.
AFP PHOTO/ Munir uz ZAMAN
↳ 1136 Monmouth was a hungry-looking brick factory, gutted and black-eyed, growing out of an overgrown lot that took up nearly all of a block. And everywhere, everywhere, there were books. Not the tidy stacks of an intellectual attempting to impress, but the slumping piles of a scholar obsessed.
AFGHANISTAN, Mazar-i-Sharif - This photograph taken on April
6, 2016 shows Afghan labourers working at a brick factory on the
outskirts Mazar-i-Sharif. Afghanistan remains one of the poorest
countries in the world, with nearly half the population estimated to be
living below the poverty line. / AFP PHOTO / Farshad USYAN