In our neighborhood is a street, Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat, where the "high end" international designers have come together. Chanel is one of them. The Chanel building, like many older Amsterdam buildings, was tilted forward at the top, which facilitated the hoisting of things from below and getting them into the upper floors. Chanel decided to plumb up the front and used glass bricks. So the bricks, of decreasing thickness as they go higher, create a nice plumb (that's plumb not plum) front and a pleasing sight to the architectural noticer. I only regret that the Lamborghini, which was parked a few feet away, was not there for my photo.