dutch architects

Composition II (Still Life)
Theo van Doesburg (Dutch; 1883-1931)
Oil on canvas
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain

Maison particulière = Private Residence
Theo van Doesburg (Dutch; 1883–1931) and Cornelis van Eesteren (Dutch; 1897–1988)
1923 (reconstruction by Tjarda Mees, 1982)
Wood and Perspex
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands
© Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands


Maison de Verre, built in 1932, it was the collective brainchild of French Interior Architect Pierre Chareau, Dutch Architect Bernard Bijvoet and French metal craftsman Louis Dalbet fusing as one. Their vision was a combination of a progressive-thinking client, unusual site constraints and a want for a style that juxtaposed the expected.

Classic, rambling, shingle style asymmetric with a touch of Dutch Colonial influence by architect Rudy Ridberg on a promontory in Old Greenwich, Connecticut surrounded by the Long Island Sound. Not bad.

Some more Art Deco - Villa Isola.
Overlooking the valley with the view of the city, Villa Isola was completed in 1933 by the Dutch architect Wolff Schoemaker for the Dutch media tycoon Dominique Willem Berretty, the founder of the Aneta press-agency in the Dutch East Indies. Berrety almost went bankrupt when building the villa. He died in a plane crash 3 months after completing the villa.


A former artist’s studio in an early 20th century building is now the ideal home of two fashion professionals, in Amsterdam.

Refurbished by Dutch architect and interior designer Ruud van Oosterhout, this 250-m2 period-apartment in Amsterdam’s museum district features a new modernity, with its bright, white and open spaces, the large windows, vintage and contemporary furniture, design icons and modern art pieces, and a stunning hypnotic and white staircase, that connects the different floors. An airy and elegant flat, quite and peaceful.


Feb 11 / 2014

Gramercy Park Area - Slide thru history

You enter Gramercy, Midtown Manhattan and you whisper - How can this be? I wish I lived here! Gramercy, around E21st street is an unusual mixture of Italian, Greek and Victorian buildings - noble architecture and - a park. You are possibly familiar with Lexington avenue that bears green subway lines 4,5,6. Well here is where it starts.

Looking around you smell a rich history, rich people, impressive stories. Walk inside - this area definitely has them. You walk around medieval knights or brownstones worth old England. Or you just walk around famous Gramercy Park Hotel - a high corner building. It’s been here forever - and if you are lucky and ask for unusual story - they will get you one. Long time ago when the hotel struggled for its existence there were different kinds of people living. Those who could afford it. One eccentric lady among them. She didn’t like to go out much. But perhaps to keep fit or socialize she loved to ride the corridors on a bicycle (!)

Once the hotel got refurnished and got more expensive, new guests came. For architects I have another gossip - many famous Dutch architects used to live in this hotel. Rem Koolhaas, Ben Van Berkel, Winy Maas - perhaps they all loved the eccentricity of the area. Dutch! It seems a history was written here.

Now enjoy few winter pics I got after my return from warm New Orleans.