Discover Public Works

27 min


Look here... for the last two years

I've been refused entry here. And why?

Am I not... a real man?

Am I not a suitable party?

You're too good for me?

Now what?

Then just play something.

- Yes, music.

Stop it.

I don't hear anything.

Sager, phase don't.


Please don't.

Dad, dad...

Let go of me.



Construction of the Central Station

A new era, gentlemen.

Progress waits for no man.

So much has been

accomplished in this city:

The Dutch Crystal Palace, Amstel Hotel,

both by Outshoorn.

Vondel Park, American Hotel,

the Rijksmuseum by Pierre Cuypers.

He is also the spiritual father

of a building that's soon to be completed:

Central Station.

Just imagine:
a constant stream

of travellers, thousands a day.

It's obvious that there's only one location

possible for our hotel.

And that's here.

And the people who live there?

- We buy them out.

They have no idea of the true value.

No idea.

Poor devils.


Sit down here, children.

Let's sit down here.

Come on.

I do apologise.

I don't know what got into them.

Take off your cap.

Never mind. I'm fond of children.

My son Theo is approaching

an awkward age.

You'll find out one day.

All the same he's a source

of great joy to me.

He wants to be an architect.

- A costly training.

Certainly. But my prospects are good.


- Walter!

Good to see you.

- Dear cousin...

Theo, welcome.

My cousin from Amsterdam.

Good day.

This way.

Bye, sir.

- Goodbye, madam.

It's not far, you know.

But the station is in the wrong place.

It's the same in Amsterdam.

It's a colossal mistake

to build the Central Station there.

Ultimately only one thing matters:

the location.

You wrote about your house.

How's that going?

How long since I had that letter, Theo?

From Victoria Hotel, asking me

to sell my house to them.

My house!

They want to build a hotel there.

I wasn't the only one.

My neighbour had that letter, too.

Maybe all my neighbours.

All because of the new station.

Can you imagine?

The land our houses stood on

was now worth a fortune.

We knew from the start

what our strategy should be.

Carstens's house was worth as much

as mine, and I would represent him.

I'd hoped Henkenhaf,

the big boss, would come...

...but we got his assistant, one Ebert.

An excellent location for a grand hotel.

The American hotel on Leidseplein

was a major mistake.

Before long we'll be opponents

in the negotiations...

...but that's a compliment.

- Thank you.

We will open the hotel

as soon as the station is finished.

That will take time

but for us time's short.

Not for us. We are living here quite

contentedly. Aren't we, Carstens?


Our offer will please you.

- Your offer?

Our asking price is more important.

- If you wish.

The most important thing

is the sum we agree on in the end.

I beg your pardon. Could that differ

from our asking price?

You can't force us to depart from it.



You paid my neighbours 20,000?

Excuse me, but the confidentiality

I observe here and now...

...forbids me to mention...

Ah, there you are, Theo.

Come here a minute.

I'll introduce my son Theo.

Theo, this is Mr Ebert.


Theo, look at this drawing.

What a magnificent design.

No, I grant you that much.

Stay with us, Theo. So you can learn

how businessmen conduct negotiations.

We saw that the Chamber of Commerce

calls you a cabinetmaker.

I'm a violin builder. Do you see

any cabinets here? No, only violins.

Tell me your price.

Price? There is no price.

I'll hear your offer first.

- With pleasure.

But allow me to dispense

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