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Francorchamps Racing Hotel

PrĂ©-Ravel Ligne 44a took us along the racing track of Francorchamps; more noise than visuals. A little bit further we met the abandoned Francorchamps Racing Hotel. Faded Glory. We could not get in…

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This is how railway station Delft looks on the outside. Nothing special. The trains used to be on a brick stone viaduct. So you can imagine what a space was created by going underground.

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Upstairs is the station hall, with the entrances and shops etc. The walls and ceilings are not orthogonal, but curved and the ceramic pieces on the lower half of the walls refer to the famous Delft Blue pottery.

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From the train platforms you get up one level, to a small square, from where you can choose: get a next train on an other platform; get out to the bike parking (prt5); or get to the next level and leave the station. When you look up, there is a white slat ceiling with, printed in black fragments, the city-map of the old situation of the area around the station. Whether you see it, depends on your point of view.

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We entered Delft by train and stepped out, underground, into the in 2017 finished new Delft Central station. First thing I liked was the ceiling. They designed a connector to let the ceiling-slats rotate 90 degrees, from horizontal, above the walking passengers, where they reach the platform; to vertical, where the trains stop and speed up again. Horizontal-slow; vertical-fast. You can ‘feel the departing’… Small thing, but brilliant idea!

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