Mod­ern Archi­tec­ture in Zuid

Amsterdam offers a wealth of clas­sic­al mod­ern archi­tec­ture. Espe­cially the south of the city is a true open-air museum of mod­ern­ist archi­tec­ture, from Ber­lage’s Plan Zuid to Van Eyck­’s orphan­age.

At the begin­ning of the 20th cen­tury, H.P. Ber­lage was appoin­ted by the Amsterdam city coun­cil to design a plan for a city exten­sion in the south of the city. Most build­ings were designed by archi­tects of the expres­sion­ist Amsterdam School, but there are also sev­er­al examples of func­tion­al­ist archi­tec­ture – most prom­in­ently the Open Air School by Duiker. In the 1950s, Struc­tur­al­ism took over from Func­tion­al­ism in the Neth­er­lands. With his design for an orphan­age which could accom­mod­ate 125 chil­dren, Aldo van Eyck cre­ated an archi­tec­tur­al icon in 1960.

On this tour, you will exper­i­ence sev­er­al rep­res­ent­at­ive examples of Dutch mod­ern­ism, from works of the Amsterdam School to Struc­tur­al­ism.

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Tour Pro­gramme: Mod­ern Archi­tec­ture in Zuid

  • Explan­a­tions about the design of Plan Zuid: integ­ral urb­an plan­ning, mod­ern­ist archi­tec­ture, social hous­ing, ground own­er­ship, build­ing tech­nique
  • Apart­ment build­ings by a.o. P. Zan­stra (1934) and J.F. Staal (1938) Drive-in houses by W. van Tijen, M. Stam, H. Maaskant and L. Beese (1937)
  • Open air school by J. Duiker (1938), Apollo school by H. Hertzber­ger (1983)
  • Ger­rit Rietveld Academy by G. Rietveld (1967), exten­sions by Ben­them Crouwel Archi­tects (2004) and stu­dio Fedlev / Hoots­mans archi­tects (2017)
  • Orphan­age by A. van Eyck (1960), trans­form­a­tion by Wessel de Jonge (2018)
  • Half-day tour
  • for groups
  • Trans­port: bike
  • Please con­tact us for a quote

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Your health is our top priority! Our tours take place in the open air, with 1,50 metre safety distance between participants and max. 15 participants per guide. A user-friendly and hygienic audioguide system is available and can be used with your own headphones.