Rietveld villa illuminated in style

Lighting plan Rietveld villa – Woonhuis Van Dantzig (1959)


The villa is designed for steel manufacturer Van Dantzig and is considered to be among Rietveld’s most impressive designs. It consists mainly of geometric shapes and is partly built on a dune. As a basic construction, the house has a steel skeleton with clearly visible profile beams. We chose to make this construction visible at night. By illuminating the profiles, the house gets a subtle graphic framing.

Rear facade
Accentuation of the structure

Rietveld applied various pastel colour planes in the house. The blue of the garage doors and the pastel walls in the interior are now lit evenly and colourfast at night, as a tribute to the De Stijl art movement.

The other interior lighting also serves the architecture. Some modernist classics by Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand have been applied. The remaining fixtures perfectly match in style or are integrated unobtrusively. The lines of sight in the house are emphasised by light, the light from the skylights is mimicked at night.

The new lighting scheme was part of a total renovation of the house. This project was carried out in cooperation with Denkwerk Architectuur, Vrolick Bouw- en Aannemingsbedrijf, Innovat Projecten and Itterzon Elektrotechniek.