THE ABANDONED, DECAYED AND FORGOTTEN!

DE ADELAAR
[SOAP BOILING FACTORY]

JUNE 2006 - 26 PHOTOS
RECONSTRUCTION IS STARTED

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Soap boiling factory De Adelaar [The Eagle] is build in 1908 by architects Van Rossum and Vuijk from Amsterdam. The architectural style is one of the most early examples of internal concrete constructions in the area Westzaan. After the eagle has lost it's function of soap boiling, the building was used as a warehouse for years. All machines and tools where removed and sold at that time. All that was left behind was the empty skeleton which has beautiful natural light conditions. The most eye catching part of the abandoned building is the concrete sculpture of the eagle on top of the building. The eagle is dominating the landscape. It has a wingspread of almost 7 metres wide and is in decay for years now. The weather and wind has done no good for the concrete sculpture and building.

In the late 80'ties the building becomes abandoned, plans for demolition leads to protest by the local population. In 1988 the provincial council decided to point the eagle as a monument. Hereby the council performs with the protection not only a administrative proceeding, but also the actual responsibility to protect the building for any further decay. An importent requirement is the search for a new destination. A monument can only survive when it stays in use.

Plans for the reconstruction in office blocks are made. Somewhere in 2008 the aegle will have a new purpose.