What are the characteristic architectural features of Dutch houses?

One of the most recognizable features of traditional Dutch architecture is the high gables. The Dutch invented them for practical reasons – to prevent icicles from falling on the heads of passers-by.

But, as often happens with successful finds, pediments immediately became the main decorative feature of the style and, as such, “moved” to countries with hot climates. Perhaps in some Sri Lanka the colonists still preferred a rounded rather than a stepped pediment.

In Russian weather conditions, even more severe than in Holland, a high tiled roof with a gable can be not only a beautiful, but also a practical solution to the snow problem.

Tall windows

This feature of the Dutch style also appeared for a reason. The Dutch, who lived in cities, could not place more than three windows across the entire width of their house. The authorities made sure that the buildings were not very wide and there was enough space for everyone. So we had to make high windows so that enough light could come inside.

Large, high windows created the need for high ceilings – by the way, in such a house, as modern psychologists have found, a person feels much more comfortable and freer than in an ordinary one. So it is not surprising that this feature has been preserved even in modern Dutch houses standing in the middle of an open field.