Return to Flushing – part 2

(see also Return to Flushing – Part 1 )

But even without the implementation of the plans for the Scheldt Quarter, Flushing is an interesting destination at the end of the railway line . It is like a smaller version of the antithesis of Amsterdam-Rotterdam: Middelburg is beautiful and picturesque but actually Flushing is more interesting. Even if it’s only because of the vessels, bound for Antwerp, that come very close to the beach:



Or the maritime atmosphere with the robust quays, the sheds and yards and jetties in all shapes and sizes:


Past glory

Or the magnificent pieces of past glory that can be found here:


Blowing in the wind

Or the use of the elements in public art, like in this windorgan:


Fragmented urbanism

Flushing consists of urban fragments of completely different scale and architecture, but that’s what makes the city so fascinating:


Urban spaces

There are a couple of great urban spaces, such as the marina:



…and Bellamypark, recently converted from parking to square:


The promenade

But the most beautiful urban space is, in my humble opinion, the promenade:



Colorful, is an obvious term for this row of houses along the promenade:


Scaled up

…which, a little further on along the promenade, has been scaled by a factor ten, it seems:



Well, it’s not exactly great architecture, but somehow it fits here… Anyway, these visitors of Flushing couldn’t care less:


Frans Blok

My work explores the border regions of photography, painting and computer visuals. With my company 3Develop I do work in commission but I use the same techniques, skills and software to make free work. I am originally an architect and I live in Rotterdam; for that reason the architecture of that city is a major (but not the only) source of inspiration. But also travel to countries like Iceland and Britain, or walks in the Netherlands, provide much material. Seeing and showing quality and beauty, that is what my work is about.

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