'Plein rond en eik,' a building designed by Attika Architecten, takes the concept of architecture designed with the language of the people to a very literal degree. The mixed-use structure is brandished with emoji gargoyles at the bases and summits of the columns that separate the windows, ensuring the any passerby will immediately relate to the building's design.
In classical architecture, gargoyles were said to frighten off the evil spirits that might venture a pass at the building on which they were perched. Attika Architecten's emoji gargoyles are just the opposite: the common and simple designs are meant to attract as many people as possible. Emojis have become something of a universal language — an effective Esperanto — and so Plein rond en eik's emoji embellishments represent a modern, accepting culture.