August 6, 2016
A spectacular building. Like a rocket heading for the sky. Art Deco style? Very solid enforced concrete. Built about 100 years ago (1918). The first radio station in the Netherlands. Enabling communications between The Netherlands and overseas colonies (Java).
The backside of the building.
The left side of the tower.
The first words on every broadcast.
A styled eagle on top of the backside.
Why should you want to visit Radio Kootwijk? Because of the very remarkable building, also called The Cathedral. Because of the 100 years of history. Because of what the Nazi's did between 1940-1945 with the building. Because of the ever changing radio communications history. Because of the fact that the building has been used by many international filmmakers. The American movie Mindhunters has been shot on this location and in Amsterdam. Because of the largest National Park in Europe, the Veluwe, where you can walk and cycle hours and even days.
The front with the text "Radio Station", two Egyptian ladies and a male Egyptian figure in between them.
Viewed from the back the tower has a face.
The building is closed, but there are people inside for a guided tour. We are not on that tour, unfortunately.
More buildings from the same architect, Julius Luthman. He was inspired by a German building in Nauen, a Telefunken radio station, and the sfinx from the Egyptian mythology. Visible only from above.
"Radio Kootwijk - Back to the nature - kpn - January 2004.
The water tower. In total there must be 15 buildings, but I haven't seen them all.
Decades ago I was here for the first time. And I was very impressed by the large amount - and height - of the antennes for all kinds of transmitters (Long wave, Medium wave, Short wave, Ultra Short wave, FM (Frequency Modulation) etc. This picture is from 1925 and shows a Short Wave test station. The Short Wave appeared to be more succesful than the Long Wave.