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Zonnehof Pavilion

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Gerrit Rietveld
location Amersfoort
function exposition space, pavilion
contributed by dirkverwoerd

From the first plans was the Zonnehof controversial. The Socialist mayor Hermen Molendijk asked architect Gerrit Rietveld to design an exhibition pavilion for contemporary art. He hoped to stimulate art and culture in Amersfoort and make it accessible to a broad audience. But he met with resistance because of the progressive architecture and finance. Eventually the building was realized in the park of the 19th-century villa The Zonnehof. The building was opened in 1959, the year of the Centenary (700 years Amersfoort). The square pavilion was based on the principles of De Stijl (The Style). Typical of the style are straight lines, planes and use of primary colours. Here are the colours more sober, doing justice to the material. The sizing is based on 3x3 meter: the walls are 18 meters wide and 6 meters high. Inside is a half-storey, height 3 meters installed. Daylight from the panes of glass above and from the side makes the building ideal for exhibitions.

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Zonnehof Pavilion
Zonnehof 8
Project is public!
Opening hours tu - fri: 11.00-17.00. sat - sun: 12.00-17.00.
How to get there? A ten minutes walk from Amersfoort station.
Completion 1959
ArchitectGerrit Rietveld
Client Gemeente Amersfoort
Project ID 6663
Latitude/Longitude 52°09'07N 05°23'04E
Contributed by dirkverwoerd
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