Friday 4 June
Conference Day 2 [included in conference fee]
Lectures in the morning, house tours in the afternoon.
9:00am-12:30pm Location Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25 Rotterdam
8:30am CHECK-IN Lecture Hall
Theme: 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 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).
Keynote Address: Saving Icons at Risk
by Wessel de Jonge
Architect Wessel de Jonge graduated in architecture from TU Delft, the Netherlands. As a partner in WDJArchitects in Rotterdam, his portfolio includes the preservations of Gerrit Rietveld’s Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (1953), Sanatorium ‘Zonnestraal’ in Hilversum (Duiker & Bijvoet, 1926-31), and the rehabilitation of the UNESCO-listed Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam (Brinkman & Van der Vlugt, 1926-30). In 1990 Wessel de Jonge was the Founding Secretary of DOCOMOMO International. Since 2015 he is full professor in Heritage & Design at TU Delft. He has published extensively and lectured internationally on various issues related to Modern Movement heritage. He is an Advisor of the Getty Foundation’s Keeping it Modern grant initiative.
De Jonge is involved with the effort to preserve a Rietveld neighourhood in Reeuwijk and he will discuss this Dutch case and other significant cases of houses that are at risk from an international perspective.
This keynote will be followed by presentations by heritage experts and representatives of houses that were either saved and now thrive as house museum, or houses that are at risk and where people currently are in the process of attempting to save them for the future.
• The Rebirth of Villa Cavrois
Jocelyn Bouraly is in charge of three heritage sites located in northern France and all part of the CMN (Centre des monuments nationaux) network: villa Cavrois, Amiens Cathedral and the Column of the Grande Armée.
Villa Cavrois in northern France is a rare and outstanding example of modernist architecture carefully designed by Robert Mallet-Stevens between 1929 and 1932. This complete work of art had an eventful history. It went through a painful period of neglect and vandalism before its restoration and opening to the public in 2015. This lecture aims at providing an insight into a long process involving private individuals as well as public actors that eventually resulted in a stunning rebirth
• Casa Albero – The Concrete Treehouse
Patrick Weber is an architect and educator based in London. He has been teaching for over 20 years and is Associate Professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture.
Laying in a pine growth under the flightpath of Rome Fiumicino Airport, the Casa Albero, also known as the Casa Sperimentale is the work of the Italian architects Giuseppe Perugini, Uga de Plaissant and their son Raynaldo Perugini. Although the house has never been fully published, it entered into the canon of brutalist architecture, partly because of its concrete appearance. But the house is not the brutalist lost masterpiece it appears to be. Perugini worked with early computing in Italy and experimented with the use of data to explore different design options.
Since the death of the owners, architects Giuseppe Perugini and his wife Uga de Plaisant, the house has been abandoned, used as a backdrop for local graffiti artists and a frequent Instagram hotspot. Some of the main structural beams are showing signs of failure and very soon it might be too late to save.
• The Reopening of Chillida Leku: The Challenge of Adapting to the 21st Century
Mireia Massagué, Director Museo Chillida Leku near San Sebastian in the North of Spain.
Hauser & Wirth Gallery of Contemporary Art has represented the estate of Eduardo Chillida since 2017 and is working in close collaboration with the artist’s family to safeguard his legacy, drawing on 26 years of experience in artist estate management. To undertake this new phase, the estate of Eduardo Chillida has been working with the support of Hauser & Wirth to create a sustainable model for the museum and secure it for future generations.
• Introducing Modern House Alert and Toolkit for Owners of Modern Homes
Fiona Fisher is Curator of Kingston University London’s Dorich House Museum.
Since the Iconic Houses conference in May 2018 a small steering group has worked with members and external advisers to develop two new international initiatives to support the protection and conservation of modern houses. Modern House Alert is an international platform for identifying iconic houses at risk, raising awareness of their status and generating support and strategies for their protection. Toolkit for Owners of Modern Homes responds to the needs of homeowners by reviewing the professional literature on the conservation of modern architecture and providing a selection of accessible and authoritative sources to support them in their conservation efforts.
LUNCH on site at Het Nieuwe Café
Afternoon House Tours - Rotterdam 1:30-8:30pm
The House Tours in the afternoon will lead to four iconic houses in Rotterdam: the Sonneveld House (Brinkman and Van der Vlugt, 1933); Chabot Museum (Gerrit Baas, Leonard Stokla, 1938-39); De Kiefhoek (J.J.P. Oud 1928-30) and the Cube Houses (Piet Blom, 1984).
The day culminates in the Closing Cocktail, open to all registered attendees at the private Penthouse West399 of architects Nanne de Ru and Nolly Vos of Powerhouse Company.
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