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Gerard Holt

Together with Van Lohuizen, Van Beusekom and Van Eesteren, Gerard Holt (1904-1988) belongs to the first generation of ‘moderns’ who taught at Delft Institute of Technology (later TU Delft). One of Holt’s first modern buildings was the outdoor swimming pool (1932-1935) for Stoop’s Bad in Overveen. This concrete outdoor pool with outbuildings is an extension of the 1925 indoor pool designed by Eduard Cuypers. Holt’s enthusiasm for modern architecture ensured that he became an associate professor in the department of architecture at Delft in 1947. He even designed a building for the faculty, although it was never completed. Another design that only exists as a drawing is that of an opera house on the Ferdinand Bolstraat in Amsterdam, a 1962 collaboration with Bernard Bijvoet, with whom he designed many theatres. However, the assignment would go to his son-in-law Cees Dam, who eventually realised the Stopera building in Amsterdam (1979-1988) together with Wilhelm Holzbauer.

This year, Disclosing Architecture pays special attention to restoring 190 works – mostly vulnerable tracings – from the Theo van Doesburg collection. The exhibition Atelier Nelly en Theo van Doesburg is now open in Gallery -1.

In addition, many other projects in the Disclosing Architecture programme are being initiated or further developed.

The first results, expected from the restoration studios dealing with the large bulk of design drawings, will be used to further sharpen the restoration's vision. This content will help to decide which archives will be further developed and restored.

The search portal for the collection will be upgraded for Linked Open Data, allowing increased interrelation with other heritage databases to further enrich the collection. In addition, a team of technicians, designers, and heritage professionals will launch The Other Interface, a new way to make the collection accessible to a wider audience.

Research projects into the value and significance of the collection will continue, with Rethinking the Collection reviewing policies and suggesting alternative approaches. Architectural reproductions will examine the role of the copy in the architect's design process to develop new perspectives on the collection.

Disclosing Architecture focuses primarily on the conservation, restoration and digitising of design drawings. Preparations are well under way for the archival items that are due for conservation and restoration before the beginning of 2020. During investigations into the physical condition of the archival documents, we often discover remarkable items. Read more about our archivists’ and curators’ favourite discoveries.