Architecture November, 4 2013

Inside The Sonneveld House – The Renovation Of A Dutch 1930s Modernist Home

Albertus Sonneveld, director of the Dutch Van Nelle concrete factory, commissioned Brinkman & Van der Vlugt architects to create a completely modernist structure for himself and his family in Rotterdam in 1929. The finished building came to represent the very best of the Nieuwe Bouwen style, the Dutch branch of the International School of Modernism, its owners looking to live an almost futuristic life with its innovative materials and designs. Having recently undergone renovation, now open to the public, Dutch designer Richard Hutten has been invited by the Netherlands Architecture Institute to interior design the space with his own range of products, the project in-keeping with the original vision of its creators. Hutten describes “for me the sonneveld house is an icon, a highlight of modernism and relevant to this day. My idea is to introduce some dynamics into this serious and static building with a number of major and minor interventions.” Take a look for yourself in our gallery