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

11 February 2016

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