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Nicknames of Dutch buildings

10 buildings with silly nicknames

An overview of the funniest nicknames of buildings and other structures in The Netherlands. We give you the Top 10 of known and unknown nicknames special, spectacular and sometimes bizarre buildings on Dutch soil.

The Bra Bridge in Amsterdam
The Bra Bridge in Amsterdam

1. The Bra Bridge


There are more than 40,000 bridges in The Netherlands. Most of them are made of concrete and look pretty boring. But fortunately not all bridges are straight and angled! Due to its round curves the 23o meter long 'Enneus Heermabrug' bridge in Amsterdam has been nicknamed to the Bra Bridge.
Dunny detail is that architect Nicholas Grimshaw had something completely different in mind with the smooth lines: a reptile from the time that the IJsselmeer lake was still a primordial sea.

Location: Amsterdam (road to IJburg).

Changing colors at Mediapark in Hilversum
Changing colors at Mediapark in Hilversum

2. Changing colors in the cathode ray tube


Back in the days televion sets used to have a large cathode ray tube. The nickname in dutch for this type of TV is "Kijkbuis".
The city of Hilversum is the heart of the broadcasting industry in The Netherlands. The main studios are all located at Mediapark. A fancy bridge with changing colors was quickly renamed to Kijkbuis.
Location: Train station Hilversum Mediapark

Hilversum Sound and Vision +

The monkeyrock in Groningen
The monkeyrock in the city of Groningen

3. The monkeyrock


Monkeyrock is a popular nickname for buildings with an organic shape. This sandcastle in Groningen is the headquarter of the Gasunie and is a typical example of what the dutch call a monkeyrock.
Location: Concourslaan 17, 9727 KC Groningen

Groningen +

The Shoe in the financial center of Amsterdam
The Shoe in Amsterdam

4. The Shoe

Financial district Amsterdam

"The shoe" is located in the financial district of Amsterdam. The building is the headquarters ofthe ING bank, one of the larger banks in The Netherlands. In Dutch the building is called "Poenshoe", which means a shoe full of money.
Location: Amstelveenseweg 500, 1081 KL Amsterdam

Amsterdam +

The UFO in Almere
The UFO in Almere

5. The UFO


Coming soon
Location: Near highway A6, Almere

De Koopgoot in Rotterdam
De Koopgoot in Rotterdam

6. De Koopgoot


Coming soon

Rotterdam +

De Toorts in Utrecht
De Toorts in Utrecht

7. The Torch


Coming soon

Utrecht +

De Kolenkit kerk in Amsterdam
De Kolenkit kerk in Amsterdam

8. De Kolenkit


Coming soon
Location: Bos en Lommerweg, Amsterdam

De Koopgoot in Rotterdam
De tuien van de Erasmusbrug tussen de scheepsmasten

9. The Swan

Erasmusbridge Rotterdam

Coming soon
Location: The Swan connects the city centre with the new popular hotspot called Kop van Zuid

Hogeschool Utrecht at the De Uithof
Hogeschool Utrecht at the De Uithof area in Utrecht

10. What's your favourite nickname?

Some buildings just ask for a nickname. What is your nickname for this remarkable Television test image building at the Uithof in Utrecht?
Share your thoughts in the comments!

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