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PRIVATE HOUSE VAN DEN DOEL
G.TH. RIETVELD, 1957-1959, Monnickendammerrijweg 31c, Ilpendam
Woonhuis Van den Doel / Private House Van den Doel ( G.Th. Rietveld )
© 1992 Rook & Nagelkerke

ARCHITECT(URAL OFFICE):
Gerrit Rietveld

ASSISTING ARCHITECT:
Jan van Grunsven

BUILDING TYPE:
Freestanding houses

Like the holiday residence in Breukeleveen from 1941 this house for a surgeon and his family, too, stands where land meets water. But this is 20 years later and Rietveld now presents a radically different concept: a composition of rectangular volumes varying in both height and colour. Its 3.8 metre tall living space looks out through a full-width window wall across the meadows. A sliding partition connects the elongated
living room with the master bedroom. The other rooms are assembled in less-tall volumes. The frontage has a black, white, grey and blue glazed brick cladding with a deep red for the garage door. An absence of visible roof overhangs and the set-back window frames serve to strengthen the free-standing aspect of the bricks walls.