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House 'Hohe Pappeln', 1999
House 'Hohe Pappeln', 1999

Henry van de Velde Architecture

Henry van de Velde carried out his first major architecture project. His own home, Bloemenwerf House, was finished in the Brussels suburb of Uccle. He would live there until he moved to Berlin in 1901. The house caused a sensation in its day, attracting numerous sightseers and art lovers.

Cutlery. Van de Velde adhered consistently to the principle that houses and their interiors with all their furnishings and appointments, including such details as lighting and door furniture, had to be conceived according to an overarching plan.

Van de Velde in house 'Bloemenwerf', 1896
Van de Velde at Bloemenwerf house, 1896

Theatre for Louise Dumont. Van de Velde planned this theatre in collaboration with the Finnish architect Sigurd Frosterus, who insisted on training in van de Veldes studio. However, this significant project never came to fruition.

Du Mont Theatre, 1903
Du Mont Theatre, Weimar 1903

The School of Arts and Crafts in Weimar. Henry van de Velde not only designed this building; he was also head of the school until 1915. Here he was able to realize his ambitious plans for art education as total immersion in art and crafts. The Bauhaus grew out of the van de Velde School of Arts and Crafts.

School of Arts, Weimar, 1992
School of Arts, Weimar 1907 (photo 1992)

House Hohe Pappeln (Lofty Poplars), Weimar. The second home van de Velde built for himself. Again a popular venue for artists and art lovers. When he sold the house after the first world war, all he received for it in real terms was 2.20 guilders because of the galloping inflation in Germany. The house has been restored since German unification and is open to the public.

House 'Hohe Pappeln', Weimar
Hohe Pappeln house, Weimar 1908

House Hohenhof, Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia. A house for one of van de Veldes first patrons and mentors, Karl Ernst Osthaus, a banker who founded the Folkwang School.
Henri Matisse, Jan Thorn-Prikker and Ferdinand Hodler collaborated with van de Velde on decorating the interior. The house is still open to the public.

House Hohenhof, Hagen, 1908
Hohenhof house, Hagen 1908

Werkbund Theatre, Cologne. One of van de Veldes greatest buildings, it received unstinted acclaim. However, the outbreak of the first world war caused it to close after only three months. The grounds of the Werkbund exhibition were turned into a barracks and the theatre was demolished.

Werkbund Theatre Cologne, 1914
Werkbund Theatre, Cologne 1914

The Rijksmuseum Kr�ller-M�ller. Like most architects of his day, van de Velde, too, changed his formal idiom to clarity of line.
The Kr�ller-M�ller Museum near Arnheim houses a remarkable modern art collection amassed by a Dutch couple who were noted patrons of art.

The Rijksmuseum Kr�ller-M�ller, 1938
The Rijksmuseum Kr�ller-M�ller, De Hooge Veluwe 1938

De Boekentoren
University Library Gent


De Boekentoren
University Library Gent, 1939
De Boekentoren University Library, Gent 1939