The long rows of narrow houses are the main feature of the buildings in Amsterdam. This form was because the city’s building taxes were based on house frontage, so the narrow the facade, the less tax. The typical ‘step gable’ houses features many big windows with shutters all over the facade, allowing as much sunlight as possible. Another interesting feature of the row canal houses is the pulley on top of 99% of the houses. This pulley is necessary in order to bring the large furniture inside the house. Because of the narrow facade, the entrance door and more over, the space for maneuvering the furniture inside, the stairs and everything, do not permit the furniture to be introduced like in a normal house. Than, the furniture is lifted with the help of the pulley and introduced through the big windows (we were fortunate enough to pass by a house-move in progress).