Monday, 19 January 2009

That's My World, Sonneveld House








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The Sonneveld House in Rotterdam is an example of architecture in the thirties.
Every time I come here for a visit I enjoy walking through the spacious rooms of this extraordinary fine building, built in the year that I was born, in 1933. I have been here three times, but I'd like to go another time. Van der Vlugt designed The Sonneveld House. It's on the list of Dutch Historic Monuments and its present owner has put its management in the hands of the Netherlands Architecture Institute, who wants to present The Sonneveld House to the public as a museum home. The whole house has been furnished as it was on the day of completion in 1933.It contains many of the original pieces of steel tubular furniture.
Visitors get information by listening to a tape. There is a special programme for children, who get a small case with things they can use during the tour through the house. On the ground floor there are the hall, the study of the two daughters of the family, the bedrooms and bathroom of the domestic staff, the garage and the laundry.
On the first floor there are the library, the livingroom, the gardenroom, the diningroom, the pantry and the kitchen.
The second floor contains the bedrooms of the daughters and their bathroom between them, the bedroom, bathroom and dressingroom of the parents.Here is also the guestroom and the stairs to the roof garden.

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37 comments:

Robert V. Sobczak said...

That's amazing, it looks so modern for being so old. It was a building ahead of its time.

Carol said...

That is an amazing house! I love it when people preserve History !

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Thanks for sharing with us, RW. It's almost like being there.

SandyCarlson said...

I love the sleek, spare designs. Very futuristic!

Sara G said...

WOW, Awesome photo's. I would love to live in a building like that.
Thanks so much for sharing the pics with us.
Take care

ViennaDaily said...

It doesn't seem to be that age (I guess you are too, never thought of yours as that). I admire old buildings and the people who preserve it...Enjoy your week!

Louise said...

A very beautiful and interesting place!

JoAnn's-D-Eyes said...

Hi R Wil, fantastic architecture I love history of buildings Thanks for the info:)

My wold is about the warmth in cold FROZEN Holland

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JoAnn's D Eyes

Leanne said...

It's fantastic that is being preserved ...we don't do that well in OZ. We tend to know things down.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I think it would be great fun to see in person how people lived in the thirties. Interesting times, quite different from today.

Janie said...

A slide show is a great way to share the house's architecture and design. It does look amazingly modern. Great photos.

The Good Life in Virginia said...

i love that era of furnishings. thanks for sharing with us.
enjoyed reading about it all.
have a great week.

Old Lady Lincoln said...

That's wonderful to look at architecture from that era. does look very spacious. Thanks for sharing.

Skies said...

Dat is een mooi zeer interessant gebouw. Ik dacht zelfs het uw huis, heheheh… was Ik ben nooit aan dat huis geweest. Ik wens dit ik op de hoogte ben geweest van het, kon ik ook gegaan zijn toen ik Rotterdam kwam tweemaal slechts bezoeken.

Is my dutch still okay? :) Thanks for sharing. I liked the room with green walls and chairs.

imac said...

Great place, but inside a little to modern for me.

Skies said...

Ja, betekende ik twee keer slechts. Mijn vriend toonde me veel van Rotterdam niet:) Gebracht me aan discos en staven in plaats daarvan, heheheh…. Maar ik zag Erasmus brdige.

Glennis said...

Very spacious house, the rooms look rather empty to me, needs a few things thrown around by the children!
I like the slide show.

ewok1993 said...

What an interesting slide show entry. Happy work week.

Wren said...

What a great building - wouldn't it be fun to live there?

Indrani said...

It has been preserved so well... the interiors look very modern though!

Rural Writer said...

What a lovely house. Enjoyed the slide show.

Brenda said...

I loved the feeling of simplicity the rooms have. Thanks for posting this. It was very interesting.

Swarna said...

Thanks for those glimpses inside this abode!

fishing guy said...

Wil: Really nice look at this well designed house, loved the staircase shot best.

Cloudia said...

Netherlands Bau Haus!
Interesting, Wil
Aloha-

Arija said...

Sorry Wil, the functionality of the Bauhaus style would be like a prison to me. I need nature about me, and nature does not believe in straight lises or extreme tidyness.
Having to live in a house like that would kill any creativity I have.

Dirk said...

Knap dat men zo iets kan bezoeken, een beetje nostagisch. Jij bent in die periode geboren, klopt dit?

VALKYRIEN said...

I like the simplicity - even though I don't live like that myself! It is interesting to se how people live, not only outdoors! Thanks for sharing - and thanks for visiting my blog!

WillThink4Wine said...

It's hard to believe it was built in 1933, as it looks rather modern!

George said...

Thanks for the interesting slide show. It's hard to believe that the house is 75 years old! Thanks, too for visiting my site.

Mojo said...

Good idea giving the young children something to occupy their busy little hands during the tour!

The furnishings look remarkably modern for 1933... Or perhaps the cycle of styles has come back around to this fashion.

Rob (Inukshuk Adventure) said...

Wonderful pics and accompanying info on this interesting building. It's great to see it as would have been all those years ago.

Also nice to read your blog and get 2 for 1 - a visit to Netherlands and Australia! great fun.

Carver said...

That's a very interesting building and post.

You mentioned wondering about the Rodin gift I talked about in my post. The press release said: The North Carolina Museum of Art announced today it has received an unprecedented gift of Auguste Rodin works from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation. The gift of 23 works of art, includes 22 bronze sculptures by Rodin.

ms426d said...

What a beautiful blog!

alicesg said...

Lovely photo of the house. Wow, I read your story at the sidebar. You were once a POW, must be very hard for you. My late mom gone through WW2 and had many horror stories to tell us even though she is not a POW. Recenly I visited the Changi Museum and saw many photos of the WW2. It is terrile. I will post the photos after my Chinese New Year Series. Have a nice week ahead. Will link you. :) P.S. Love your photos of the adorable animals at the sidebar.

Janice Thomson said...

It's neat looking back in time at the different architecture. Great slide-show!

Susan said...

Beautiful building! I'm drawn to things that date from the year I was born too; it's nifty to find them and explore. Thank you for sharing this one!