De Dageraad is one of the many buildings designed by architects de Klerk en Kramer and typical of Amsterdam School architecture. It was built during 1920-1923 and a direct result of the 1901 Housing Act which forced the City Council to clear the slums.
Amsterdam School is characterised by curves and rolls in the brick exterior of the buildings. A conrete underlayer made these brick rolls and curves technically possible. Other characteristics are decorative doors and windows.
De Dageraad is a very good example of this type of architecture. The building givesthe impression of horizontal movement because of its streamlined windows and undulating roof.
More Amsterdam School style buildings can be found in Nieuw Zuid, the part of Amsterdam that was built in the run up to the 1928 Olympics. Especially noteworthy is the bridge at Olympiaplein and Amsterdams Lyceum at Valeriusplein 15