Icons at Risk
Save the Date! Conference 15-18 May 2018
Latin America Special – Focus on Mexico
Preserving the Nancarrow House-Studio
Meet the Friends - Nanne de Ru
Latin America Special – Focus on Brazil
Jan de Jong’s House is Latest Hendrick de Keyser Acquisition
Stay in a Belgian Modernist Masterpiece
In Berlin’s Modernist Network
Rietveld-Schröder House Celebrates De Stijl Anniversary
Meet Our New Foundation Board Members
Virtual Tour of a Papaverhof Home in 3D
Getty Grant for Villa E-1027
11 Le Corbusier Homes now on Unesco World Heritage List
At home with Le Corbusier
Our Badge of Honour
Wright Plus 2016 Walk
Casa Batlló's innovative Video Guide
Documentary La Ricarda
Richard Hutten at the Sonneveld House
Rent a house designed by Gerrit Rietveld
Barragán House on Screen
Gesamtkunstwerk – An Icon on the Move
Maurice Drue Parrish named Executive Director of Farnsworth House
Triennale der Moderne 27 September - 13 October 2013
Prestigious Art Nouveau mansions in Brussels open
September 14 + 15: Heritage Days in Paris
June's New Arrivals: Museum Apartments
Iconic Houses is now on Twitter and Facebook
Corbu’s Cabanon: Reconstruction and Lecture
Projekt Mies In Krefeld: Life-sized model of the Krefeld Clubhouse
New arrivals: Spain special
MAMO: Le Corbu’s ‘Park in the Sky’ open 12 June
Annual Wright Architectural Housewalk: 18 May
Frank Lloyd Wright Homes on Screen
Message from the Editor
Neutra’s House on Screen
Melnikov House on Screen
Iconic Houses in the media
Message from the Editor
Eileen Gray House on Screen
Willie van Burgsteden, designer Iconic Houses
Willie van Burgsteden is the designer of the Iconic Houses website and identity. After studying graphic design at Utrecht School of Arts in the Netherlands, she founded the agency Mixed Flavours Communication in 2000. As well as running her studio, she also initiates projects and online platforms. In 2012, she met Natascha Drabbe, the founder of Iconic Houses, and the Iconic Houses website was born.
What is your relationship with iconic houses?
My husband is an architect and on all our trips we visit architectural sites. After graduating, we went to the USA for two months, where we visited architectural highlights from New York to San Francisco. That’s where my love for modern houses really started, with Frank Lloyd Wright’s Chicago houses. I love the way he directs the experience you have when you enter the house, starting in the hall with a low ceiling and then moving into a lofty and spacious room with a view. Now, my work for Iconic Houses makes me want to visit them all.
Do you have a favorite house?
The ones that appeal to me the most are the autobiographical houses, the homes that architects design for themselves. Often, there are experimental details and materials, surprising solutions and personal stories connected with them. Occasionally, you even get the opportunity to tour the house with the architect who built it. This is why my favorite house is the one that Albert Frey designed for himself around a rock (the Frey II House in Palm Springs). In 1993, he kindly gave my husband and me a tour and showed us his correspondence with Le Corbusier.
What is your biggest challenge right now?
Iconic Houses is still a young organization, so there is still a lot to develop. My special interest is communication: How can we help our members communicate with their public, using the strength of the network? How can we help them to exchange knowledge with each other, for example in the members area? We want to go to next level, and find funds to develop more tools for our members.
What do you expect from this conference?
The conferences are the perfect way to meet members and exchange ideas. I think this year’s program is even more interesting than earlier ones. The experts meetings address urgent issues, like funding and conservation management plans. I find it inspiring to meet our members and discuss their needs.
Which 21st century house has the potential to become a future Iconic House?
Casapoli, designed by Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen. The photo essay by artist-in-residence Jeroen Lok is so impressive. This weekend house is simultaneously a cultural center with a residence program, and it’s located in an amazingly beautiful spot on the coast of Chile. I also love the Squish Studio and Long Studio by Saunders Architecture (from Norway) in Tilting Fogo Island, 2012 Canada.
Willie recommends taking a look at the video ‘Palm Springs Life / Frey House II / Vignette’, a 7-minute video for Palm Springs Life that features a one-minute (hour-long) time-lapse of the first sunrise ever filmed in Albert Frey’s legendary house.
The Frey II House, Albert Fey, Palm Springs. Photo: Albert Herder 1993
Long Studio. Photo: Bent René Synnevåg
Squish House. Photo: Bent René Synnevåg
Publication date 11 February 2016