Hendrikus Petrus Berlage
Hoenderloo, Apeldoornseweg 258
1915 – 1920
It has been a year and a half since I visited the Kröller-Müller museum. I learned via twitter that Berlage, the architect of the building, died 83 years ago on 12 August. Reason for me to browse through my photos about realizations of Berlage that I have already visited. So this blogpost is about a hunting lodge designed by Berlage.
Hendrik Petrus Berlage, born in 1856, is a well-known Dutch architect. He is best known for the Amsterdam Stock Exchange (1903) and the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague (1935). He also designed the furniture for almost all of his buildings, in the concept of Gesamtkunstwerk. His work is considered to be the beginning of modern architecture in the Netherlands. He was influenced by the Jugendstil and later also by American architects, such as Frank Lloyd Wright.
The building tells the story of Saint Hubert, the patron saint of the hunt. The legend says that while hunting he noticed a deer with a shining cross between the antlers (if you know Jägermeister, you know the image). The floor plan of the hunting lodge is in the shape of a deer antler. The stained glass windows also tell the story. It is developed as an English Country House. The tower does not really belong to this style, but was an answer to the question from the Kröller – Möller couple for a view of the surrounding landscape. To enjoy the surroundings even better, the windows of the ground floor can sink into the basement. After many efforts from the clients, Berlage stopped and the assignment was continued by Henry Van de Velde. It was very luxurious for that time, with running hot and cold water, an elevator (which still works today) and a clock system with central control. Both outside and inside you will find a lot of brick, for the interior these are glazed.
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