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HOUSING PAPEGAAIENBUURT
TH. VAN DOESBURG, 1921-1922, Torenstraat/Houtlaan, Drachten
Woningbouw Papegaaienbuurt / Housing Papegaaienbuurt ( Th. van Doesburg )
© 2006 Arthur Blonk

ARTIST:
Theo van Doesburg

ORIGINAL DESIGN:
Cees de Boer

BUILDING TYPE:
Monumental art

These traditional 'lower middle class' houses were provided with abstract colour schemes by De Stijl spokesman Theo van Doesburg. Not only did he attend to the colours of the exterior; the interior and even the layout of the garden up to and including the colours of the flowers were prescribed by Van Doesburg. A mere two years after completion the neighbourhood, by then known derisively as the 'parrot district', was painted over; in 1988 it was honourably restored to its original colours. The leaded windows and colour schemes of the nearby agricultural school are also the work of Van Doesburg.