Complete retrospective on Brinkman & Van der Vlugt Architects, pioneers of Nieuwe Bouwen
The architects of the Van Nelle Factory and the Feyenoord football stadium
The architecture practice Brinkman & Van der Vlugt (1925-1936) is mainly known for the world-famous Van Nelle factory in Rotterdam. The two architects also designed the Feyenoord football stadium and the standard Dutch telephone box,which was used for over 50 years. This publication is the first retrospective on this Rotterdam architecture firm.
As pioneers of Nieuwe Bouwen, Brinkman & Van der Vlugt greatly impressed Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier and Richard Neutra with designs like the Van Nelle factory. This book is a contextual monograph on the firm, shedding new light on the origins of their work in a joyous International Style. They drew inspiration from their international travels and adapted this in the rapidly changing European city of the Interbellum, with Rotterdam as their main arena. The practice also designed complete interiors in association with firms like Gispen. Sonneveld House in Rotterdam is a fine example. Architect Joris Molenaar has researched Brinkman & Van der Vlugt for many years. He restored several of the famous architecture firm’s buildings.