De Volharding Building, Holland c1926

Jan Buijs
  • 3De Volharding Building 30.5 x 24 in. Unframed


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  • Limited edition of 25
  • Each print is numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity
  • Archival inks and archival paper
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This limited edition large format giclée print of an architectural rendering of Jan Buijs’ De Volharding Building in Holland, is made from a Collotype* or continuous-tone plate of the original rendering that appeared in “L'art international d'aujourd'hui, boutiques et magasins, no. 8”, a rare portfolio of plates documenting the European Arts Decoratifs from 1920-1939.

The building, built in The Hague for a workers' cooperative by that name in 1928, was designed to house shops, storage for products and a dental clinic as well as offices. De Stijl and cubist in concept, it became famous as an illuminated building or "night architecture”. When lit up at night the building was a gigantic luminous billboard. The Volharding is one of the earliest examples of building with glass and light. The building still stands today. Except for partial illumination of one side in 1966 for the National Week of Architecture in the Netherlands, the building has not been illuminated since a few years after it was built. The exterior was altered in 1933 and 1938 and in 1974 it was renovated as an office building.

*The collotype process is a screenless photomechanical process that allows high-quality prints from continuous-tone photographic negatives.