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The ground floor of my studio used to be the blacksmith's workshop of Piet Buitendijk. He and Trui Staat were friends of my parents; and when they moved to a new factory on the Lindsedijk, I was allowed to use the workshop as long as it lasted - which turned out to be almost thirty years. Not long after I moved in though, the building was sold to the town because there were plans to demolish the whole area - an initiative of A.B.J. de Koning, the director of public works, who had most of the historic center demolished. I created a working group to stop him and after eight years the last buildings were rescued and sold to the users. So I stayed after all.
Later, in 1982 I built my new studio, which I designed, next to it (to the left on this photo).