Radio Netherlands moves to a new building

Radio Netherlands Building in 2008 (© Wikimedia)

In this vintage gem of old-fashioned radio broadcasting, an unnamed presenter takes us on a sound tour from the centre of sleepy, residential Hilversum to the outskirts of the town in August of 1961 to the site of the big, new, imposing, modernistic steel-and-glass headquarters of Radio Netherlands (called “Radio Nederland” in English in the olden days).

The new building with its cantilevered wings jutting out into the natural surroundings and its semi-submerged but windowed broadcasting studios was a major work by the renowned Dutch architects Jacob Berend Bakema and Jo van den Broek, who built the world’s first shopping mall in Rotterdam.

A Radio Netherlands recording and broadcasting studio (© Wikimedia)