576. Heerlen, Markt

Dear Wiel,

Heerlen's local architect Frits Peutz built for the Schunck
Fashion House a new department store in 1935 soon
nicknamed Glaspaleis (Glass Palace). This extraordinary
modernist building meant to be respectful to the next door
historic Kerkplein Romanesque church without renouncing
to the necessary simplicity and functionality of a modern
department store. Its elegant glass curtain walls on three
sides of the building are separated from the floor slabs
allowing natural vertical ventilation by means of hatches in
the roof.

Best regards.

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