Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Cafe de Unie

The Cafe de Unie was design by the Dutch architect Jacobus Oud and constructed in Rotterdam in 1925. The building was bombed during WWII. The building pictured is a 1986 reconstruction of the original facade. Jacobus Oud was a member of the Dutch artistic movement De Stijl. Other prominent members include architect Gerrit Rietveld and painter Piet Mondrian. They advocated a new utopian ideal expressed with pure form and color. As in paintings by Mondrian and this facade by Oud, they simplified compositions into orthagonal arrangements, using only primary colors and white and black. Their work was related to the broader modernist movement of the time, simplifying architecture to its purest elements and stripping it of all decoration.

Will Wingfield

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