July 21: Amsterdam – Westerpark
After leaving Het Schip, we wandered into and through Westerpark — the park itself, and the larger neighborhood named after it.
Just down Zaanstraat from Het Schip is another neat Amsterdam School building, also designed by Michel de Klerk, I think.
The slight angling of these red tiles and the alternating A-shaped marks on them are curious touches.
The beefiest railing. No pigeons allowed.
By the simple addition of the hose, this window shifts into a vaguely sci-fi realm.
We crossed under the railway here at the end of Zaandijkstraat to get to the park.
Westerpark itself is very green and serene.
Beyond there to the west is the Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek, an old gasworks redeveloped into a park and cultural center. Its northern edge is this boomerang-shaped shallow pool that is obviously a big hit in the summertime.
We stopped in at Het Ketelhuis (The Boiler House), a cinema in the Westergasfabriek, housed in a grand old factory space.
What's really cool is that the theater itself is a wooden box suspended over the main space. I think.
Thence we kept on going along the plazas around the Fabriek.
In the distance can be seen one of the monolithic buildings of the Waterwijk (Water District).
We stopped at Pacific Parc for refreshments. They have this great all-sides stübli outside...
...with some pretty original tables.
The interior of the restaurant has an intriguing network of beams and cables for the roof structure.
The decor is an amusing sort of American/South Pacific fusion, although this chandelier appears to have emerged from a fever dream.
The balcony view.
A summer rain started.
But just like that, the sun came back out...
...which teased out a rainbow in the other direction.
Off to the side of the plaza were these large sprays of cute pentagonal flowers. I'm not sure what they are.
Minimal but bold canopies outside, as more rainclouds arrived.
The canopy sort of kept the rain at bay.
Another great drawbridge, connecting the Westergasfabriek to the Haarlemmerweg over the Haarlemmervaart.