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Family House

It resembles abstract art. This design for a single-family house was inspired by the attempts of the De Stijl movement in the 1920s to create a new, continuous space. Besides staggering the facades and internal walls, Dick van Woerkom and the artist Joost Baljeu staggered the floors and ceilings. The resulting effect is that the space in the building merges with the landscape. Family life was ‘designed’ as an inseparable component of the universe. The purity of that endeavour is an exceptional moment in Dutch culture. Over the last hundred years, ‘the abundance of frugality’ has been expressed in various forms, particularly in the architecture of the detached house.


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