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Johannes Brinkman

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Works Van Nelle Factory, at Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1926 to 1930
Boeve Villa, with L.C. van der Vlugt, at Mathenesserlaan, Rottterdam, Netherlands, 1934

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Biography Johannes Brinkman

(b. Rotterdam, Netherlands 1902; d. Rotterdam, 1949)

Johannes Brinkman was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in 1902. He studied at the Technische Hochscule in Delft after which he worked in the office of his father Michiel Brinkman. From 1925 to 1936 he worked in partnership with L. C. van der Vlugt, together creating the remarkable Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam, and from 1937 until his retirment in 1948 he worked with Johannes Van Broek.

Brinkman based many of his designs on functionalist theories similar to those developed by De Stijl. His firm designed modern buildings that utilized industrial detailing and that often depended on a contrasting system of solids and voids. The firm also frequently incorporated a curtain-wall system.

Because he favored functionalism in architecture, Brinkmann adamantly opposed the traditions of craftsmanship then being encouraged at the Technical College of Delft. His designs stressed industrialized, non-craft techniques. As a result his work was not widely accepted in the Netherlands during the late 1930s and 40s.

Brinkmann died in Rotterdam in 1949.

Muriel Emmanuel. Contemporary Architects. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1980. ISBN 0-312-16635-4. NA 680 C625. p119-121.

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