Buildings for education
According to the authoritative Italian architecture critic Giovanni Fanelli, the building Jan Wils designed for Rita Gaillard-Jorissen and William Jorissen’s dance institute is one of De Stijl’s finest built works. Its front facade slips into the street elevation of Laan van Meerdervoort, so that most passers-by fail to observe it head-on. It is a balanced asymmetrical composition whose horizontality is accentuated by the fenestration and bands of concrete, with the entrance and stairwell as a vertical thrust. Inside, the colour design was the work of Wils’s draftsman Piet Zwart, who would later make a name for himself most of all as a graphic designer. The large dance studio was mainly black and grey, with yellow and red accents on the doors and furniture, and had a yellow floor.