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- Jongkindstraat 12, 3015 CG Rotterdam, Netherlands
- Working hours*:
Tuesday - Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.
A full ticket costs 10 EUR. For seniors and students - 6.50 EUR. For holders of Rotterdam Welcome Card - 7.50 EUR. For children under 18 years old, as well as for holders of Museum Card, Rotterdam Pass, ICOM-pass - free of charge.
- * - opening and closing times as well as entrance prices, are subject to alterations without notice. Visitors are advised to check before visiting.
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Sonneveld is considered one of the finest examples of Dutch functionalism, or the so-called Nieuwe Bouwen, and was designed in 1933 by Brinkman en Van der Vlugt for Albertus Sonneveld, one of the directors of the then-flourishing Van Nelle factory. She was engaged in the supply and sale of tea, coffee and tobacco, so Mr Sonneveld was a fairly wealthy man. On duty, he spent a lot of time in America, where a widespread love of comfort and modern equipment reigned. In practice, the idea of a functional building has already been implemented in the example of the Van Nelle factory, but Sonneveld ordered a residential building. This project is the result of a collaboration between architects and designers. The five principles of Le Corbusier, described by him in his book "Towards a New Architecture" in 1921, were embodied here.
To understand the passions and needs of each family member, the architects thoroughly studied their lifestyle.
To let in as much light as possible, large windows were made in the house. Numerous doors were designed to facilitate communication between the interior and exterior of the house. And the room for the servants and staff was specially located separately from the main apartments. Not forgetting about the interior design - furniture and lamps were provided by the designer and manufacturer Gispen, and the panelling was done by Metz & Co.
The house was also equipped with the latest technology: there was a music system that made it possible to listen to the radio in any room of the house, a special cargo system that lifted firewood from the basement to the upper floors, an electric bell for calling the servants and a massage shower.
I recommend visiting this house - it is very interesting inside, you can touch and explore everything, especially since it is located opposite the Netherlands Institute of Architecture. It was to the institute that the family handed over the house along with all the furniture. You will not pass by.
How to get there
By walk: the walk from the central station will take 15 minutes.
From the central station can be reached by tram: No. 7 (in the direction of Willemsplein) to the Museumpark stop; No. 4 (in the direction of Marconiplein) to the Eendrachtsplein stop. Take bus 44 to the Wytemaweg stop.
By metro: you can take the metro to the Eendrachtsplein stop (lines A, B, C).