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Pieter Vorkink

14-05-1878 - 20-01-1960

Pieter Vorkink (1878-1960) works as architect, tutor and member of the society Architectura et Amicitia. Between 1905 and 1925 he works with J. Ph. Wormser in the Amsterdam School style. He is famous for designing the country house Het Reigersnest in Oostvoorne. 

Pieter Vorkink is born in 1878 in Amsterdam. He receives his first training in architecture at the Industrieschool van de Werkende Stand in Amsterdam. He works at a variety of firms of architects, including that of H.P. Berlage.

In 1897 he joins the Genootschap Architectura et Amicitia, the Dutch society of architects, and becomes a extremely active member. From 1910 to 1926 he lectures at the architectural department of the School voor Bouwkunde, Versierende Kunsten en Ambachten in Haarlem, becoming co-director (with Blaauw and Verkruysen) in 1925.

Between 1905 and 1925 Vorkink works with J. Ph. Wormser in the style of the Amsterdam School. In 1907, they design the expansion plan for the Watergraafsmeer area of Amsterdam. The duo is best known for the country house Het Reigersnest (1918-1921) in Oostvoorne, one of the few built examples of the Amsterdam School’s ‘organic’ style. The design was based on moulded clay models, and the house demonstrates an entirely free-form plan and elevation.

They also design numerous working class residential projects, including an estate in Velp (1919-1923). The buildings in this project largely comprise double and triple homes built in the Amsterdam School style with influences from the new English rural approach. Restricting the housing type to three variants, the diversity resides in the differing guttering heights and masonry.

When the partnership with Wormser ends, Vorkink continues to work as an architect until around 1940. He moves to Roekel in 1940 and dies in Ede in 1960.

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