Theo Bosch

24-02-1940 - 06-04-1994

Theo Bosch (1940-1994) is an architect for whom the human aspect of architecture was a prime focus. In the 1960s and 1970s, he fiercely opposes the construction of mass architecture in old city centres, and concentrated his architectural projects in Amsterdam. 

Bosch is primarily known for his avid protests against the demolition of the Nieuwmarktbuurt in Amsterdam and for his urban regeneration projects that offer an alternative. Bosch is an architect who develops his designs by an arrangement of small elements, which was a key feature of structuralism. 

In the mid ‘60s, Bosch joins the office of Aldo van Eyck. The men are polar opposites, both as people and designers: Bosch is a pragmatist, works consistently and is geared towards productivity. Van Eyck is capricious, a doubter, constantly changes things and, according to Theo Bosch, tries to make every building into an artwork.

In spite of their differences, they work together until 1984. In 1976, they co-design a project for Zwolle city centre; Bosch accepts the brief on condition that plans for razing the historic town centre are shelved. He designs small-scale, intimate dwellings there.

In his last joint project with Van Eyck, they design the building for the Humanities faculty of the University of Amsterdam (1984). Known as the P.C. Hoofdhuis, the building is seen as one of the apogees of structuralism in the Netherlands. In 1984, the two architects fall out and Bosch begins his own firm, and completes the building in his own name.


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