The Sonneveld House stands adjacent to the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) on the corner of Jongkindstraat and Rochussenstraat in Rotterdam. Built in the early nineteen thirties, it is one of the best-preserved houses in the Nieuwe Bouwen style, the Dutch branch of the International School of Modernism. It was designed by the architecture firm of Brinkman & Van der Vlugt, also known for the Van Nelle Factory and Feyenoord football Stadium. The Sonneveld House opened to the public as a museum house of the NAI in March 2001 following a period of intensive restoration and refurbishment, executed by Molenaar & Van Winden architects. As a visitor, you can see for yourself what it was like to live in a hyper modern home in 1933.
Sonneveld House is open at the same times as the NAI: Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00. Sundays and national holidays: 11:00 - 17:00. April 8/9, May 17, May 27/28: 11:00 - 17:00. December 5, 24 and 31: 10:00 - 16:00. Mondays, January 1, April 30 and December 25: closed. Please reserve your guided tour at least two weeks beforehand. Contact the Education Department, telephone 00-31-10 4401200, or fill in the application from on the www.nai.nl site.
How to get there?
Take tram 5 or 4 from Central Station, to Eendrachtsplein. Or walk the 10 minutes from Rotterdam Central Station. You can buy a ticket to see the Sonneveld House and its 1930-interior from the entrance desk in the Netherlands Architecture Institute.