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In 1987, the Dutch architect Mart van Schijndel set himself the daunting task of designing a house of his own. It took him six years to create a home he considered suitable. "This is a house of air and light. All I do is mould the space", Van Schijndel observed about his creation, for which he was awarded the prestigious Rietveld Prize in 1995.

The Van Schijndel House

Van Schijndel's vision and creativity are deeply embedded in every aspect of the structure, which he not only designed, but also largely constructed himself. Ever since Van Schijndel's death in 1999, the house has been both lived in and used as a venue for cultural events in which his creative spirit lives on.

Website and picture viewer

Picturae is proud to have contributed to the preservation of Mart van Schijndel's heritage. One of our contributions was the technical realisation of the website for the Van Schijndel House, which in 1999 appeared on the Utrecht list of national monuments and historical buildings. We also developed the picture viewer, an application that enables people to view images of the house from inside online.

More Information

Each first Thursday of the month there is a guided tour, for which reservations are required. For more details, please visit the Van Schijndel House website. The Mart van Schijndel archives are currently maintained by the Dutch Architectural Institute (NAI).

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