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Byehouse/Wallhouse #2

Designers: John Quentin Hejduk

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M176

Landhuis 't Reigersnest

Designers: Pieter Vorkink

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M1081

Villa dall'Ava

A plain wall blocks the view to the house. A gateway in an old garden...

Designers: Office for Metropolitan Architecture

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Villa Stoephout

This uncomplicated villa was the client’s vehicle for displaying her good taste. She chose De...

Designers: Karel Petrus Cornelis de Bazel

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M569

Zeckendorf House

Is restraint the trademark of Dutch architects? The American real-estate tycoon Zeckendorf was evidently captivated...

Client: W. Zeckendorf

Designers: Jacob Berend Bakema

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Family House

It resembles abstract art. This design for a single-family house was inspired by the attempts...

Designers: Joost Baljeu

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M377

Plate House

He felt maligned, attacked and misunderstood. Critics accused him of working traditionally. With this design...

Client: E. Plate

Designers: Jacobus Johannes Pieter Oud

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Smit House

It is one of the least publicised projects by Gerrit Rietveld, but it demonstrates what...

Designers: Gerrit Rietveld

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M107-a

Studio House

Van Woerkom’s design for his own studio house has an inimitable clarity. He harked back...

Designers: Dick van Woerkom

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Restrained

The luxury of simplicity

Restraint is a recurring theme in Dutch architecture, in the sense of limitation to the essence or in the form of functional architecture. A residence may be small, but can still provide plenty of joy and pleasure. A villa may be large and luxurious, but can still look restrained. Concepts like purity and clarity spring to mind. Hence restraint is one of the core concepts in Dutch architecture, encapsulating eternal values such as beauty, solidity and efficiency. Are such values still to be found in present-day Dutch architecture? Do we still show restraint?

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Council housing, Blijdorp

There lies the new world: spick and span and cheerful. From the air, the rational...

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