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The kiosk was designed for merchant Gaasbeek by the architects B.H. and C.M. Bakker, who had a busy office in Hilversum. Nevertheless, there are suspicions that Dudok had a hand in the design according to the principles of De Stijl. Gaasbeek’s first design showed a wooden kiosk. However, such kiosks were considered disfiguring by the municipality.
The beauty committee expected a building with a simple main shape, fine detailing and the use of brick, steel windows and a thin concrete slab as a cover. They agreed with the placement of the kiosk, because there would also be a telephone booth, a toilet and a covered waiting area with a bench for the bus. The kiosk was intended for the sale of newspapers, records, magazines, cigars, cigarettes, tobacco and packaged chocolate items up to 50 cents. The kiosk was restored by the municipality in 1996 to an almost original condition.
Bron: Annette Koenders, Hilversum. Architectuur en Stedenbouw 1850-1940, Zwolle (2001).
's-Gravelandseweg 8b, Hilversum