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Allert Warners

03-01-1914 - 18-06-1980

Nowadays, Allert Warners is known mainly as the architect of the colourful Slotermeerlaan/Van Deyssel laan apartment buildings in Amsterdam which date from 1956. As well as Mondrian, Le Corbusier was a great source of inspiration to Warners, in particular the latter's Unité d’Habitation of 1952.

Allert Warners was born in Amsterdam as the eldest son of architect Filip Anne Warners (1888-1952). In the early 1930s he lived in Lausanne, Switzerland, for a while where he attended the Ecole de Métier. Back in the Netherlands he obtained a diploma from an intermediate technical school in Amsterdam.

In 1936, he started work as supervisor-cum-draughtsman at his father's firm, where he worked on various projects, including the Erdal factory in Amersfoort (1936-1937), 18 single-family homes at Keizer Karelweg in Amsterdam (1937), a sailmakers workship at Oosteinderweg in Aalsmeer (1937, autonomous work), villas in Tilburg, Apeldoorn and Amsterdam (1938-1940), "Het Brouwerswapen" at Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam (1938-1976, demolished), café "Het Gouden Hoofd" in The Hague (1939) and two office blocks for AVRO broadcasting station at Keizersgracht in Amsterdam (1940-1941).

Allert Warners attended higher professional education in Amsterdam from 1936 to 1943, where he was also taught by P. Verhagen, J. H. Groenewegen, F.A. Eschauzier, J.F. Berghoef and B.T. Boeyinga. After the Second World War, from 1946 to 1947, Warners studied at the Stockholm Academy and made several trips through Europe (Scandinavia, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and England).

His postwar works include a hotel bar in Noordwijk aan Zee (1948) in collaboration with visual artist Jaap Bouhuys, a design for a residential building with practice in Baarn (1949), single-family homes in Noordwijk (1950), refurbishment and extension of Hollandse Bank Unie (HBU) at Keizersgracht in Amsterdam (1951), a villa for the director of HBU in Amstelveen (1951), apartment buildings A and B in A[msterdam] and apartment suites at Prinses Irenestraat in Amsterdam. Warners was also consultant architect to the Amsterdamse Maatschappij tot Exploitatie van Etagewoningen (a company promoting the construction of apartment suites).

Warners continued the firm after his father died in 1952. He designed four residential buildings in Noordwijk aan Zee (1952-1953), the rooftop structure (1954-1955) for the office building Atlanta (1928) built by his father at Leidsebosje in Amsterdam, shops and apartments at Slotermeerlaan/Lodewijk van Deysselstraat in Amsterdam (1956) and a school at A.J. Ernststraat in Amsterdam (1963).

Among Warners' last projects was the work he did in 1978-1979 for Verdichtingsbouw Amsterdam, a working group on compact construction. This group, of which Warners was a member, studied two sites, Buitenveldert and Bijlmermeer, in Amsterdam. The urban development agency, W. Wissing, made an inventory of the opportunities for compact construction in urban developments and Warners came up with idea sketches for the sites that qualified for compact construction in Buitenveldert. Allert Warners died on 18 June 1980 in Amsterdam.

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