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Hot Spot: J.J.P. Oud 1890-1963

Café de Unie

From 19 May until 9 September there is an exhibition at the Netherlands Architecture Institute: 'J.J.P. Oud - Philip Johnson, a dialogue'.

Oud (1890-1963) is a representative of modern architecture in the Netherlands. His work was influenced by De Stijl and the ideas of innovators such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier. However, in the houses built by him Oud also relied on the tradition of the Amsterdam School.

Employed by the city of Rotterdam, he built both in the traditional mode (Spangen) and in the modern (Café de Unie, and the Kiefhoek). The invitation to cooperate on the Weissenhofsiedlung in Stuttgart proved that he was internationally respected. His later work, from the Shell building in The Hague onwards, is a characteristic combination of modern and traditional features.

Oud is further known for his interior designs, furniture, and his contribution to the National Monument on Dam Square in Amsterdam.

Do the quiz or look at the survey of the archives in the NAI. Publications on Oud and related subjects can be found via the Avery Index and the catalogue of the British Architectural Library.

 Last modified: 31 May 2001
Editor: Martien Versteeg
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