Inside Iconic Houses Tours are back! Isokon Building 18 November

Inside Iconic Houses - Live Online Tour Program

Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House

Portraits of the Architect - Interview with Gennaro Postiglione

Test Labs for New Ideas - Interview with Natascha Drabbe

New Chairman Architect Nanne de Ru on The Perfect Platform

Health and Home - Interview with Beatriz Colomina

A Life Less Ordinary – Interview with Valentijn Carbo

Invisible Women - Interview with Alice T. Friedman

Winy Maas on the Green Dip

Anita Blom on Experimental Housing of the 1970s

Women’s Worlds - Interview with Natalie Dubois

The Culture of Living - Interview with Robert von der Nahmer

Hetty Berens: A Fresh Take on Modernism

Niek Smit on Supporting Modern Heritage

Alice Roegholt on Amsterdam’s Working-Class Palaces

July is Iconic Houses Month

Save Maison Zilveli - Sign the Petition!

How a Building Tells a Story - Recorded Event

Toolkit for Owners of a Modern House

13 Aalto Sites Nominated for UNESCO World Heritage

Villa Beer At Risk - Sign the Petition!

Business Cards of Stone, Timber and Concrete in the Brussels Region 1830-1970

Exhibiting & Visiting Modernist Monuments

Fostering Well-Researched Responsible Design


Enjoy a virtual visit to the California House and a Q&A with architect Peter Gluck

Exhibition 'Modernism and Refuge'

A Hidden Gem of Postmodernism

New Centre for Historic Houses of India

An Online Chronicle of the Douglas House

SPECIAL – Northern (High)Lights!

SPECIAL - Casas Icónicas en España!

SPECIAL - Vacances en France!

SPECIAL – Iconic Dreams - Sleep in an Iconic House!

SPECIAL – Dutch Delights!

SPECIAL – German Greats!

Villa Henny, geometric style icon in The Netherlands

A Mendini temple in Amsterdam

IH-lectures USA & Canada Feb 2020 on Melnikov House

An Afternoon with the Glucks

Danish Moderns – Looking Back at Our Mini-Seminar

Venturo house complements Exhibition Centre WeeGee’s offering

Lecture report: Remembering Richard Neutra

Hôtel Mezzara and the Guimard Museum project

We welcome 13 new members!

BREAKING NEWS: 8 Wright Sites Inscribed on Unesco World Heritage List!

LECTURE 29 August - Raymond Neutra: My Father and Frank Lloyd Wright

Iconic Reads

SPECIAL – Iconic Artist Residencies

Our Badge of Honour

SPECIAL – Women & Iconic Houses

SPECIAL – Iconic Housing

Iconic Houses End Year Message

City-ordered rebuild of landmark house stirs debate: Appropriate or overreach?

Kohlberg House Restoration in Progress

Planned Demolition of Rietveld Homes in Reeuwijk

Renovation Gili House in Crisis

An Iconic Saga

Restoring Eileen Gray’s Villa E-1027 and Clarifying the Controversies

Modernism on the East Coast

Iconic Houses in Latin America

House Tours May 2018 

Expert Meetings

Terence Riley -KEYNOTE SPEAKER- on Philip Johnson

New era for Villa E-1027 and Cap Moderne

Jorge Liernur -KEYNOTE SPEAKER- on Latin American Modernism(s)

Restoring the past: The Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Home Studio

Behind the Scenes: Hendrick de Keyser Association

Latin America Special – Focus on Mexico

De Stijl in Drachten

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

Iconic Dacha

11 Le Corbusier Homes now on Unesco World Heritage List

At home with Le Corbusier

Wright Plus 2016 Walk

Speaking Volumes: Building the Iconic Houses Library

Follow us!

Documentary La Ricarda

Rent a house designed by Gerrit Rietveld

Barragán House on Screen

Gesamtkunstwerk – An Icon on the Move

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

Copy Culture

At Home in the 20th Century

New 20th century Iconic Houses website launches

Updated 22 March 2021

Architect Hans van Heeswijk on The Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House

In the run-up to Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House, our Iconic Houses online event in September, we talk to leading authorities on architecture in the Netherlands about the Dutch reinvention of the house in the 20th century. Hans van Heeswijk is an Amsterdam-based architect whose highly regarded oeuvre includes museums such as the Hermitage Amsterdam. A Modern house enthusiast, he has visited hundreds of examples. A good reason to ask him about the influence of Dutch pioneers on the evolution of Modernism in Europe. Dutch architects like Berlage, Van Doesburg, Van Eesteren, Rietveld, Oud and Van der Vlugt played leading roles in the development of Modern architecture. We experience their legacy with tours to a number of houses in the Netherlands, Belgium and France.

How does Dutch Modernism fit into the global picture?
Architects from the Netherlands played a leading role in developing Modern architecture, especially after 1918. Among other ambitions, Modern architecture here had a social agenda, aiming at functional housing with lots of daylight plus hygiene facilities. These are features to note on the conference house tours, and they were new and experimental at the time.

Are you concerned about preservation in the Netherlands?
Modern architecture is vulnerable globally. We need to be vigilant to avoid losing significant buildings. Luckily, the most important ones in the Netherlands, at least those from the first half of the 20th century, have been carefully restored. More recent examples have unfortunately sometimes been carelessly modified. Hopefully, in the near future legislation will prevent this.

What’s the picture like for newer, post-1965 heritage?
These buildings are now 50 years old and in need of major refurbishment or renovation. They have no legal protection, so they are dependant on the integrity and historic consciousness of their owners.

What issues do you think are important to address at the Iconic Houses Online Event 2021?
The laissez faire attitude of governments towards architecture and its preservation worries me. It’s as if the custodianship of architecture isn’t a cultural issue. In my opinion, we should try to get architectural custodianship onto the political agenda.

What’s your favourite young heritage house?
I have many. For example, Paulo Mendes da Rocha’s own house in São Paulo; the early houses of Richard Meier or the Maison à Bordeaux by Rem Koolhaas. They all are superb in their detailing, with a surprising spaciousness. Sometimes when you visit a house, the overall impression of space or the meticulous detailing is breathtaking.

What are the most urgent issue facing iconic houses?
Too many are at risk these days. All houses get older and need careful maintenance. There is too little legal protection to force owners to preserve them, so they run the risk of being demolished and replaced.

What gives you hope for Modern homes?
Buyers who love Modern architecture and preserve the integrity of a house when they refurbish it.

You built your own, rather wonderful, house (above photo). How do you hope to preserve it in the future?
When I can't live there anymore I hope to find a new owner who understands its qualities and ambitions, and will keep it in good condition.

What changes have you noticed in recent years regarding Modern homes?
Little by little, they are being rediscovered and restored, so the number that can be visited and that can join the Iconic Houses Network is growing. It takes time for interesting houses to be rediscovered, appreciated and looked after.

Maison à Bordeaux, Rem Koolhaas/OMA, Bordeaux, France, 1998. Photo Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMA. 
Douglas House, Richard Meier, Harbor Springs, MI, USA, 1973. Photo James Haefner. 
Casa Butantã, PauloMendes Da Rocha, São Paulo, Brazil, 1964. Photo: source, ArchDaily. 

Hans recommends watching this video on Villas around Paris in the 30s.


Jane Szita

Curious about the Iconic Houses Online Event 2021?
Check out the program of lectures and a series of thematic videos about the Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House HERE.
Or register right away HERE.

Updated 22 March 2021