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View over Groningen from La Liberté (Northern-corner)

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View over the city of Groningen as seen from a loggia on the Northern-corner of the La Liberté residential building project in Groningen, the Netherlands. La Liberté is designed by the French architect Dominique Perrault (most famous for designing the 'Bibliothèque Nationale de France' in Paris) and Oving Architects (co-architect).

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A: View over Groningen from La Liberté (Eastern-corner)

by Frank van Tol, 20 meters away

View over the city of Groningen as seen from a loggia on the Eastern-corner of the La Liberté residen...

View over Groningen from La Liberté (Eastern-corner)

B: La Liberté Groningen

by Frank van Tol, 40 meters away

The two residential towers of the La Liberté residential building project in Groningen, the Netherlan...

La Liberté Groningen

C: Laan van de Vrijheid, Groningen (snow)

by Mark Bruggema, 50 meters away

Laan van de Vrijheid, Groningen

Laan van de Vrijheid, Groningen (snow)

D: Laan van de Vrijheid, Groningen

by Mark Bruggema, 50 meters away

Laan van de Vrijheid, Groningen

Laan van de Vrijheid, Groningen

E: Construction-site La Liberté (April 2011)

by Frank van Tol, 60 meters away

The construction-site of the La Liberté residential project in Groningen, the Netherlands. The projec...

Construction-site La Liberté (April 2011)

F: Vrijheidsplein Groningen

by Frank van Tol, 120 meters away

The Vrijheids plein (“liberty-square”) is a large roundabout intersection in the city of Groningen. I...

Vrijheidsplein Groningen

G: Laan van de Vrijheid, Groningen (snow)

by Mark Bruggema, 160 meters away

Laan van de Vrijheid, Groningen

Laan van de Vrijheid, Groningen (snow)

H: Laan van de Vrijheid, Groningen (snow)

by Mark Bruggema, 170 meters away

Laan van de Vrijheid, Groningen

Laan van de Vrijheid, Groningen (snow)

I: Hoofdkantoor Nederlandse Gasunie

by Frank van Tol, 310 meters away

The Gasunie Building, head offi ce of the Dutch ‘Gasunie’ (a natural gas infrastructure and transport...

Hoofdkantoor Nederlandse Gasunie

J: Gasunie, Groningen (night)

by Mark Bruggema, 320 meters away

Gasunie, Groningen

Gasunie, Groningen (night)

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