1 June 2021 Expert Meetings

2 June Pre-Conference House Tours in Utrecht

3-4 June Conference Lectures and House Tours 

in Amsterdam and Rotterdam   

5-7 June Post-Conference House Tours 

in Brussels, Lille, in and around Paris


Welcome from Iconic Houses

Due to the continued spread and unpredictable character of the coronavirus worldwide the board and director of the Iconic Houses Foundation have sadly determined that this year's conference must be rescheduled. After careful consideration we believe that postponing the conference until 2021 is the best way to ensure that we do not unwittingly endanger anyone's health or safety. We advise you to check our website regularly or to subsribe to our newsletter to always be in the know of our updates.

In the meantime we're putting together the finishing touches to the programme for next year’s Iconic Houses Conference in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The entire lineup of our house tours is filled with irreplaceable works of architecture, which we’re thrilled to announce will include visits to circa 23 unique houses in The Netherlands, Belgium and France! The Iconic Houses Foundation is proud to present its 6th International Conference from 1-4 June 2021 at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. The lectures on the two conference days (3 and 4 June) will be devoted to two themes: Thursday will focus on the "Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House" in the Netherlands and their impact on architectural history; Friday will have an international scope with presentations about "Saving Icons at Risk".

Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House   

We will explore 20th-century Dutch architecture from the Amsterdam School to Post-Modernism, visiting wonderful homes by Rietveld, J.J.P. Oud, and Brinkman & Van der Vlugt, and others in Utrecht, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Several of these are examples of social housing – an area in which the Netherlands is particularly rich.

Saving Icons at Risk

Much recent heritage remains unprotected – and therefore vulnerable. Icons at Risk is a research project that aims to help protect and support threatened 20th-century houses. At the conference, we will highlight some of the homes currently under threat, and learn from success stories such as Villa Cavrois (from condemned building to 100,000 visitors annually).

Add-on Excursions

In Pre- and Post-Conference House Tours, Modernism will be explored in a wider area around Rotterdam.

House Tours in Utrecht

The Pre-Conference tours of Wednesday 2 June bring us to Utrecht, where we will visit the house that Gerrit Rietveld designed in 1924 for Truus Schröder. It was originally meant as a temporary house but has a UNESCO World Heritage listing now; the house that architect Sybold van Ravesteyn designed for his family (1933) is part of Monument & Bed and can be rented for the holiday. The private house of Mart van Schijndel (1992) is the youngest monument in the country, still privately owned and visited by appointment. We will also visit the privately owned Chauffeur's House, designed by Gerrit Rietveld (1928) and have a walk through the picturesque medieval city center of Utrecht.

House Tours to Brussels, Lille and Paris
As well as the rich Dutch Modernist heritage, there’s a unique opportunity to see some of the most important 20th-century homes in Belgium and France, with our post-conference house tours. Expect masterpieces from Art Nouveau to Brutalism.

A three day Post-Conference Tour brings us via Brussels and Lille to Paris. On Saturday 5 June the Art Nouveau highlight, Victor Horta's masterpiece, his own home and studio in Brussels, will be visited and in huge contrast we'll see the Brutalist hidden gem of the Van Wassenhove House (1974) in Sint-Martens-Latem. On the way to Paris we can admire Rob Mallet Stevens' Villa Cavrois in Croix (near Lille in the North of France). The Sunday will be packed with a uniquely curated selection of Modernist masterpieces spread out around Paris; including Theo van Doesburg's own house and studio in Meudon (1930), sculptor Marta Pan and architect André Wogenschky's House in Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse near Paris (1952, TBC) and we'll join our last evening together with a closing cocktail at Alvar Aalto's Maison Louis Carré in Bazoches-sur-Guyonne (1960). The journey will end on Monday with artists' homes and studios in and around Paris, such as the Ateliers-musée Chana Orloff, designed by Auguste Perret (1926), Le Corbusier's own Appartement-Atelier (1923), and the Maison Atelier Ozenfant (1924) that Le Corbusier designed for his painter friend. This Post-Conference Tour is open to a maximum of 30 Iconic Houses Members and recurring Friends of Iconic Houses.   

We look forward to exploring the modernist heritage in and beyond The Netherlands with you! We hope that you get inspired to become more involved with our platform for professional discussion: to share not only the best practices but also encourage each other to develop new activities. Previous conference encounters have resulted in fruitful cooperations. I'm confident our 2020 conference will be no exception.

We look forward to meeting you in June 2021!


Natascha Drabbe  

Conference Chair, Founder and Executive Director Iconic Houses Network

Hetty Berens

Conference Co-Chair and Curator Sonneveld House at Het Nieuwe Instituut 


Foundation Board                 International Advisory Board

Hendrik Jan de Ru, Chair       Iveta Černá, Director of Villa Tugendhat

Huub Wüst, Treasurer           Janice Lyle, Director of Sunnylands

Hetty Berens, Member          Lynda S. Waggoner, Director Emerita of Fallingwater



We thank our lead sponsor, Creative Industries Fund NL, for supporting this initiative. We also thank our co-sponsors for their generous support: Stichting Bevordering Volkskracht, The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, and BPD Culture Fund.

A big thank you to our host, Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam for its generous cooperation. A special thanks to MVRDV for hosting the VIP-reception for our speakers, sponsors and site partners; Museum Het Grachtenhuis and Kossmann.dejong for co-hosting a reception at Museum Het Grachtenhuis; Nanne de Ru and Nolly Vos of Powerhouse Company for hosting the Closing Cocktail at their Penthouse West399. 

Home Owners/Site Partners

We would like to extend thanks also to the homeowners and site partners who will be hosting our visits: Centraal Museum Utrecht/Rietveld Schröder House and Erasmuslaan Model Home; Vereniging Hendrick de Keyser/Sybold van Ravesteyn House, Dolf de Maar/Chauffeur's House; Museum Het Schip; Ida Kleiterp and Jan Grotenbreg/Zomerdijkstraat Studio Houses; Koen Hoogenhout and Sander van der Heijden/Woonhuis van den Doel; Sonneveld House Museum; Urban Guides/De Kiefhoek, Horta Museum; Museum d'Hondt Dhaenens/Van Wassenhove House; Oscar van den Bogaard/Arca; Owners Delcourt House; Centre des monuments nationaux/Villa Cavrois; Stichting Het Van Doesburghuis; Maison Louis Carré; Fondation Le Corbusier/Appartement-Atelier Le Corbusier; Ateliers-musée Chana Orloff; Tecno/Atelier Ozenfant; Fondation Marta Pan-André Wogenscky  (TBC).

For interviews with our speakers and the latest information on the conference program, please consult our website: www.iconichouses.org

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