The building known as 'Burgerweeshuis' (orphanage) in Amsterdam, headquarters of area developer BPD, is the new setting for the Maison d'Artiste Prototype. The prototype has been relocated from Delft to 'Burgerweeshuis' designed by Aldo van Eyck. An exhibition about Maison d'Artiste has also been opened in the exhibition space of the orphanage.
The Maison d'Artiste Prototype is a scientific reconstruction (scale 1:5) of 4 x 4 x 4 meters of the original design for an artist's house, designed by Theo van Doesburg and Cornelis van Eesteren. It was presented in 1923 during Les Architectes du groupe 'De Stijl' in Paris. This reconstruction was realised in 2016 by architecture students from the Technical University (TU) of Delft, led by Professor Mick Eekhout, founder of Octatube. The prototype was previously on the TU Delft campus and will now remain in Amsterdam until January 2019.
Sharon Oldenkotte-Vrolijk, director of Art & Culture at BPD commented: "The design of the Maison d'Artiste, which was ahead of technological developments almost a century ago, has had a major impact on our contemporary art and architecture up to this day. For BPD, the Maison d'Artiste is also a source of inspiration for future living environments. We are honoured to be able to house this prototype and the exhibition in our home, the 'Burgerweeshuis', whose design is also inspired by the principles of the 'Maison d'Artiste'.
Below you will find a videoimpression of that day, provided by BPD.