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Café De Unie (De Stijl) ©2011 ANTITHEZIZ ATELIER

Cafe De Unie, Rotterdam/ Netherlands.1925

Architect: Jacobus Johannes Pieter Oud (1890-1963)

J.J.P. Oud also took on a leisure spot, Café De Unie, in Rotterdam in 1925. But he worked on the outside, breaking it out from the uniform street-facing façades around it with an asymmetric, coloured and light-steeped graphic and plastic composition. He interlocked squares and rectangles, two large horizontal and vertical white strips, and a flat red area featuring a theosophical motif balancing out a set of signs of various sizes, to afford this façade its own distinct identity, which the architect himself defined as “destructive”. Oud’s provocative angle sparked outrage in the neighbourhood but soon earned him an international reputation as A virtuoso architect, who has broken free from classical form, in a liberating endeavour brimming with humour.

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Taken on March 6, 2011