Rietveld & Curacao: A Modern Architect on a Caribbean Island Jan De Heer

ISBN: 9789064507755

Published: April 30th 2013

Hardcover

128 pages


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Rietveld & Curacao: A Modern Architect on a Caribbean Island  by  Jan De Heer

Rietveld & Curacao: A Modern Architect on a Caribbean Island by Jan De Heer
April 30th 2013 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 128 pages | ISBN: 9789064507755 | 8.45 Mb

Between 1949 and 1960, Gerrit Rietveld made six designs for buildings and interiors on the island of Curacao. In each case Chris Engels was involved, either as the client or as a consultant. Aside from his medical practice, Engels was a poet and aMoreBetween 1949 and 1960, Gerrit Rietveld made six designs for buildings and interiors on the island of Curacao. In each case Chris Engels was involved, either as the client or as a consultant.

Aside from his medical practice, Engels was a poet and a painter. In Rietveld & Curacao, Jan de Heer describes and analyses these designs and places them within the islands cultural political development. He also sheds light on the remarkable relationship between Rietveld and Engels. Rietveld managed to incorporate the climatic conditions of Curacao in his designs to great effect. He turned the trade winds to his advantage in the Verriet Institute, the Richardus House and the design of Engelss own residence, introduced adjustable shutters instead of fixed walls and used large roof overhangs to keep out the direct glare of the sun.

In the Verriet Institute he turned the roof into one large gutter to catch the precious rainwater. It is for these reasons that Rietvelds designs have remained an inspirational example for Curacaoan architectural practice to this day.



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