HOFSTEDE DE ZAAIER
R. VAN 'T HOFF, 1911-1912, Bisschopweg 37, Lunteren
Robert van 't Hoff
This design for a farmstead sees architect Robert van ’t Hoff working up his ideas on traditional methods of construction and local building types. One of his earliest commissions, he received it when still studying at the Architectural Association in London. The ensemble is grounded in a basic square plan, on which stand a slightly less-tall residential component and a large work component including stables and barns. The house had just one bedroom, so presumably the farmstead was intended as a commune. There is little of Van ‘t Hoff’s cutting-edge architecture to be found in this farmstead. It was only when the architect was confronted with a publication on Frank Lloyd Wright in 1913 that his work changed radically although his Socialist beliefs remained unchanged.