THE HUF BUILDING IN ROTTERDAM (1953 – 2009): A SECOND LEASE OF LIFE FOR A POSTWAR GEM Cover Image
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THE HUF BUILDING IN ROTTERDAM (1953 – 2009): A SECOND LEASE OF LIFE FOR A POSTWAR GEM
THE HUF BUILDING IN ROTTERDAM (1953 – 2009): A SECOND LEASE OF LIFE FOR A POSTWAR GEM

Author(s): Wessel de Jonge
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Historický ústav SAV, v. v. i.
Keywords: historic building survey; restoration; material; concept; climate control system; structure; glazing; curtain wall

Summary/Abstract: The HUF building is known as one of the most elegant post-war Modern buildings in Rotterdam. The celebrated architects Van den Broek & Bakema designed this clear cut, light and transparent example of post-war optimism in 1953. The building has been in use since 1954 as a shoe store and offices. After years of neglect the building has been restored by Wessel de Jonge architects in 2008-09. Its original use could be retained by resolving the building’s poor climate control and improving the entrance. Since the restoration, the building has been listed as post-war architectural heritage by the Netherlands Ministry of Culture.

  • Issue Year: 44/2010
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 250-261
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English