Out of Focus
Lozerlaan, Den Haag
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To be found on route
You can see them from far and near: the circle, the square, the triangle and the star shape that are on the end walls of the four tower blocks on Lozerlaan. Since the late 1970s, these red and blue abstract signs have served as an orientation point for many a road user and neighbourhood resident.
It was the famous architect and urban planner Willem Dudok who conceived that The Hague would expand in the Escamppolder. His 1949 Structure Plan shows that he saw Lozerlaan as the boundary of the city expansions. He drew a wide road so that there would be enough space for all the traffic that the new city districts would bring. Lozerlaan still has the function of a traffic artery. And along that road, he placed four high residential towers.
Who painted the murals on the flats, who designed them (was it an artist, a designer, an architect perhaps?) and who commissioned them (a housing association?) is a bit of a mystery. Old photographs show that they were not there when they were first used in 1971. Also in 1975 and 1976 there are no signs on the facades. The paintings are only visible in photos taken in 1979.
The fact that the abstract murals have survived various renovations suggests that they are inextricably linked with Escamp. Just like much other 'nail-biting' art with which this district was embellished during the reconstruction period.