Hendrik Petrus Berlage (1856-1934)

Inspired by the American innovatorsSullivanandWright, the prominent Dutch architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage was an influential EuropeanEarly-Modernpioneer.

Hendrik Petrus Berlage Portrait in black and white: He has a bald head and a white, full beard.
Hendrik Petrus Berlage

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About His Life

Hendrik Petrus Berlage was born on February 21, 1856, in Amsterdam. Berlage studied architecture in Zürich, Switzerland. After a European tour, he started his business in Amsterdam in 1889. Early on, he was involved in urban planning for residential areas in many Dutch cities. During his visit to the United States in 1911, Berlage studied the construction of American architectsLouis SullivanandFrank Lloyd Wright. Then, he died on 12 August 1934 in The Hague.

Competition design for a merchant's fair, Amsterdam, interior, perspective drawing.
Competition design for a merchant’s fair in Amsterdam

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His Major Works

  • Amsterdam Stock ExchangeorBeurs van Berlage(1897–1903)
  • Algemeenen Nederlandschen DiamantbewerkersbondorDiamond Workers’ Unionbuildingin Amsterdam, and it was opened in 1900.In addition, Italian people’s palaces inspired Berlage’s design.
Beurs van Berlage, Binnenstad, 1899-1900, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Nederland.
Beurs van Berlage (1899-1900) in Amsterdam

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  • Villa in Groningen(1894)
  • Office building in The Hague(1895)
  • Villa Henny in The Hague(1898)
  • Plan for Amsterdam South(1901)
  • Villa Berlage in The Hague(1914)
  • St. Hubertus hunting lodge in Otterlo(1914-1920) today it is a part of Museo Kröller-Müller
  • Municipal Museum of The Hague(1919 - 1934)
  • Church in The Hague(1926)
  • Gemeentemuseum Den Haag(1934) Built in The Hague, it is in the final phase of the architect’s stylistic development.
Haags Gemeentemuseum, Berlage, 1934, The Hague.
Haags Gemeentemuseum (1934) by Berlage

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Gemeentemuseum Den Haag: the interior of a simple, structured building.
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

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Amsterdam Stock Exchange

The Amsterdam Stock ExchangeorBeurs van Berlage(1897–1903) is Berlage’s most celebrated building, which revealed his respect for the expressive power of constructive arched masonry. The robustness of the details and his love for masonry and clear expressive functions (such as the kneelers from which the low-arched arches in the atrium spring, and the junctions between the supporting structure and metal trusses) made him a precursor of the Amsterdam School. Additionally, his writings earned him the respect of aspiring young members of the avant-garde.

Beurs van Berlage, Binnenstad, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Nederland: A photo of the red-brick structure with tourists along the front ridding bikes.
Beurs Van Berlage (1897–1903) by Berlage in Amsterdam

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Berlage gained inspiration from the combination of Henry Hobson Richardson’s neo-Romanesque brick architecture and the iron structures used in the brick of the Castle of the Three Geckos in Domenech y Montaner. Also, he used the ideas of Viollet-le-Duc in his project for the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. Load-bearing bare brick walls and the idea of the primacy of space have become the guiding principles of Hollandse Zakelijkheid. After 1911, Berlage was particularly influenced by American technology and design and found particular resonance with the organic architecture ofFrank Lloyd Wright. Further, he is a mediator between traditionalists andmodernists.

Interior view of Beurs Van Berlage, Berlage, 1897–1903, Amsterdam.
Interior view of Beurs Van Berlage (1897–1903) by Berlage in Amsterdam

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