The Leaning Buildings of Amsterdam
I love how wonky the buildings are in Amsterdam :-)
Look at the way the gap between the Chinese emporium and the building to its right (dated 1644) increases.
I’d love to look inside one of these houses to see if they’re just as wonky inside.
Because landspace was limited, many buildings were built very tall and very narrow. The sideways leaning is due to the weight of the heavy brick structures bearing down on wooden piles that are buried deep into the mud and sand below.
Do you also see the beams sticking out at the very top of the buildings? Their purpose is to hold a hook so that furniture can be hoisted up from the ground and brought in through the windows. The internal stairs are far too steep and narrow to bring furniture in that way! Apparently, the houses also lean forward a bit too, to make the job of hoisting easier.
Well now you know :-)