Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House  

Five Online Modules Thursday 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30  September, 2021                                     Keynote Lectures + Q&A and Thematic Videos 


Welcome from Iconic Houses

The Iconic Houses Foundation is proud to present its 6th International Iconic Houses Conference in September 2021. We’ve put together the finishing touches to the programme for this year’s online Iconic Houses Event to replace the conference that was scheduled in Rotterdam for 2020. The online program will bring you insights into Dutch residential architecture of the 20th century and will strengthen the network of museum professionals who run modern house museums.  

How did progressive architecture develop in The Netherlands in the past hundred years and what have the residents of 'normal houses' gained from the wild experiments that the architects have sometimes carried out? In September, we will put the strongest examples of innovative, avant-garde residential architecture in the spotlight for you in five online modules that last circa 1,5 hour. Devoted to the "Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House" in the Netherlands and their impact on architectural history. Each module consists of a keynote lecture and a video.

Lectures and Thematic Videos

The themes of both lectures and videos are:

• Hygiene and Health in the Modern Home 
• Palaces for the People 
• A Woman’s Place: Clients, Architects, Promoters 
• Experiments with Space
• Home as Self-Portrait: Architect's Houses 

The entire lineup of the houses that we present to you is filled with irreplaceable works of architecture, which we’re thrilled to announce. The online format now makes it possible to bring to you all the twenty Iconic Houses spread all over the Netherlands, including houses in Amsterdam, Delft, Drachten, Groet, Groningen, Nagele, Otterlo, Rotterdam, Schaik, The Hague, Utrecht, West-Kinderdijk and Winssen. Several of these are examples of social housing – an area in which the Netherlands is particularly rich.

We can't wait to explore our modernist heritage 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 conferences have resulted in fruitful cooperations. We're confident that the 2021 conference will be no exception.

We look forward to meeting you online in September 2021!


Natascha Drabbe  

Conference Chair, Executive Director and Founder Iconic Houses Network

Hetty Berens

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


Foundation Board                 International Advisory Board

Nanne de Ru, Chair                  Iveta Černá, Director of Villa Tugendhat

Marcel van Soest, Secretary      Katya DeGrieck, owner Maison Lenglet

Huub Wüst, Treasurer               Lynda S. Waggoner, Director Emerita of Fallingwater

Hetty Berens, Member              Janice Lyle, Director of Sunnylands



We thank the Creative Industries Fund NL, for supporting this initiative.

We also thank the following funds for their generous support: Stichting Bevordering Volkskracht, The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, BPD Culture Fund, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds, Abe Bonnema Stichting and Dutch Culture.

A big thank you to Hetty Berens and Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam for their generous cooperation. A special thanks to Nanne de Ru and Nolly Vos of Powerhouse Company for hosting a live stream house tour at their Penthouse West399 in Rotterdam. 

Interviews with our speakers, can be found on our website:

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