Art Nouveau Walk
Art nouveau is an international style of art, architecture and decorative arts which was popular between 1890-1914. The Museum Quarter is the go-to area for art-nouveau-watching, because the popularity of the style coincides with the development of this neighbourhood as a residential area for a growing group of affluent middleclass families.
This house – known as ‘Het Huis’ - was designed by architect Eduard Cuypers (nephew of Pierre Cuypers, architect of the Rijksmuseum) in 1898. He was heavily influenced by art nouveau which can be seen in the decorative exterior of the building. Cuypers had his home and office here and it is considered as the place in which the ‘Amsterdamse School’ style of architecture was developed. It is currently home to Morren Galeries and open to visitors.
Bilderberg Hotel Jan Luyken
This impressive building was designed by P. van de Vliet in 1899 and was originally a private residence before becoming a hotel. To the left and right of the entrance you will see four elaborate tile mosaics featuring different birds. The neighbours at no. 60 have similar tile mosaics, depicting some lovely scenes from nature.
The houses in Jan Luijkenstraat offer some surprising and elaborate house fronts, bay windows and tile decorations, like the ones above the door at no. 15 and no. 17. Many of the porches have beautiful tile mosaics and you will be able to spot identical mosaics at different houses. Although the art nouveau movement was all about craftsmanship, many of the tiles were actually mass-produced and therefore affordable.
Since its opening as a hotel in 2011 we can all enjoy the beautiful interior of the former conservatorium (and before that bank). Renowned Italian designer Piero Lissoni artfully mixed his playful, modern vision with the exquisite art nouveau details of the original building.
Freestanding ‘Villa Alsberg’ was designed by Eduard Cuypers in 1904 and features many stained-glass windows and beautiful murals. Currently this imposing building is the home of the recently opened Modern Contemporary – or Moco - Museum whose exhibitions focus on making contemporary art accessible to a large audience.
This villa was built in 1899 and was designed by A.L van Gendt & Zonen as a home for A. Roelvink, president of the Twentsche Bank. It is considered to show the transition in style from pure art nouveau to the style which was inspired by famous Dutch architect Berlage.