Art Nouveau Walk
Art nouveau is an international style of art, architecture and decorative arts which was popular between 1890-1914. The Museum Quarter is the go-to area for art-nouveau-watching, because the popularity of the style coincides with the development of this neighbourhood as a residential area for a growing group of affluent middleclass families.
Bilderberg Hotel Jan Luyken
This impressive building was designed by P. van de Vliet in 1899 and was originally a private residence before becoming a hotel. To the left and right of the entrance you will see four elaborate tile mosaics featuring different birds. The neighbours at no. 60 have similar tile mosaics, depicting some lovely scenes from nature.
The houses in Jan Luijkenstraat offer some surprising and elaborate house fronts, bay windows and tile decorations, like the ones above the door at no. 15 and no. 17. Many of the porches have beautiful tile mosaics and you will be able to spot identical mosaics at different houses. Although the art nouveau movement was all about craftsmanship, many of the tiles were actually mass-produced and therefore affordable.
Freestanding ‘Villa Alsberg’ was designed by Eduard Cuypers in 1904 and features many stained-glass windows and beautiful murals. Currently this imposing building is the home of the recently opened Modern Contemporary – or Moco - Museum whose exhibitions focus on making contemporary art accessible to a large audience.
This villa was built in 1899 and was designed by A.L van Gendt & Zonen as a home for A. Roelvink, president of the Twentsche Bank. It is considered to show the transition in style from pure art nouveau to the style which was inspired by famous Dutch architect Berlage.