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Bernard Bijvoet

14-12-1889 - 27-12-1979

Bernard Bijvoet is known primarily for the projects he completed with J. Duiker. Sanatorium Zonnestraal is an icon of the Nieuwe Bouwen movement and the Grand Hotel Gooiland is designed in the same tradition. Later on, Bijvoet worked with G.H.M. Holt, in particular on theatre buildings.

Bernard Bijvoet trained at the Technical College in Delft. He worked for a while with his fellow student Johannes Duiker at the firm of H. Evers in Rotterdam. Both were involved in preparing Evers’ entry for the competition for the Rotterdam town hall in 1912.

In 1917, Duiker and Bijvoet took part in the competition for the new building for the Rijksacademie voor Beeldende Kunsten art college in Amsterdam, which was never built. As a result of their cooperation they set up and ran an architectural firm in Zandvoort from 1919 to 1925. They also worked together on a number of projects with the concrete constructor J.B. Wiebenga. One of Duiker and Bijvoet’s projects was the Zonnestraal Sanatorium in Hilversum, an icon of the Nieuwe Bouwen movement in the Netherlands.

After Duiker's death in 1935, Bijvoet completed the Theatre and Grand Hotel Gooiland in Hilversum. At that point, Bijvoet had been living in France for some time, where he had worked closely with architects Pierre Chareau, E.E. Beaudouin and M.G. Lods. He returned to the Netherlands after the Second World War.

He completed countless projects with G.H.M. Holt, but Holt and Bijvoet are most renowned for their theatres in provincial cities such as Tilburg, Nijmegen and Apeldoorn, built as part of the Dutch government's politics of cultural dissemination. Bijvoet and Holt also designed plans for an opera house in Amsterdam, just to the south of the De Pijp district. These plans eventually led to the construction of the Okura hotel.

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