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Concrete, Forgotten Masterpieces

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? – 1918

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Infrastructure

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Radio Kootwijk
Netherlands

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Radio Kootwijk Change this

Radio Kootwijk, Netherlands
by Julius Luthmann Change this
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This abandoned building is situated in natural park De Hoge Veluwe in the village Radio Kootwijk. It was built in 1918 as a radio station for the main communication connection between the Netherlands and Indonesia in the first half of the 20th century. In this period there was a need of trading with Indonesia which at that time was a Dutch colony and contributed to the Dutch prominence in global spice trade. The Dutch government built their own radio station to communicate with Indonesia: Radio Kootwijk. The area around the building is flat while was needed to create a ring of five 212 meter high communication poles, all connected with wires. Radio Kootwijk was one of the first concrete buildings in the Netherlands. With all its transmitters and as a consequence the danger of fire, Radio Kootwijk just could not be built in wood.

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