27-01-2005

Zonnestraal Sanatorium, Johannes Duiker and Bernard Bijvoet

Johannes Duiker , Bernard Bijvoet,

Holland,

Hospitals,

Recovery/Restoration,

Rivers of ink have been spilt over the restoration of modern buildings and the relationship between history and the contemporary. Holland, the traditional home of the Modern Movement, has to deal with the issue of renewal of buildings dating from this period every day.



Zonnestraal Sanatorium, Johannes Duiker and Bernard Bijvoet After years of discussion and countless proposals, it was decided that the complex would be converted. Work on recovery of the decaying buildings began in 1998, on the basis of a project by Wessel de Jonge and Hubert-Jan Henket, and was completed in the summer of 2003.
The main building is to be used as a conference centre, and the other buildings as a rehabilitation centre. The 'De Koepel' service building will become a visitors? welcome centre. The Dutch have managed to settle the issue of restoration of buildings designed by architects who had no intention of constructing monuments and solve the contradictions involved.

Daria Ricchi

Images from
www.tgooi.info/zonnestr.html

For more information:
www.erzed.demon.nl/nlzonnestraal.html
www.architectuur.org/duiker03.php

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