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January 05, 2016

Architecture, Parks, Parks & Playgrounds & Gardens

I love this view of the Malieveld and the red impressive building in the distance. It’s called the red elephant! It was built for The American Petroleum Company (since 1947 Esso) by the architects J.H. de Roos en W.F. Overeijnder in 1924.

You still can see the head of the elephant on the outside of the building.

Did you know that they built the 56 meter high tower and it needed to be higher then the Shell building? Just to impress them and  they could see what Shell was doing (they are located a few hundred meters away from this building), so rumors say. The official name of this building is Petrolea, but the city started to name it the red elephant, which is a perfect name in my opinion. The building has 4 floors, is 10.000 cubic meters and was made with 3,5 million bricks, that’s insane right?

The building is a monument nowadays and Spaces is in there at the moment. Make sure to take a closer look on the inside and out once you are in the neighborhood. You don’t want to miss the beautiful art deco and the colourful stained glass!


Zuid Hollandlaan 7
2596 AL Den Haag


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