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Wessel de Jonge (1957) graduated in architecture at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, in 1985. As a practicing architect, he successfully combines an academic and a professional career.
As a researcher at Delft University of Technology from 1986 – 2003, he co-produced various exhibitions and publications on Modern Movement architecture in Holland, and co-published ‘The Modern Movement and Restoration; Determining the Impact of Different Restoration Options’ in 1990, for the National Department for Conservation.
Wessel de Jonge has been the co-founder of DOCOMOMO International, the ‘International Working party for Documentation and Conservation of buildings, sites and neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement’. From 1990 - 2002, he has been the organization’s International Secretary and the editor of the DOCOMOMO International Journal. From 1992 – 96 he was the founding Chairman of the DOCOMOMO Specialist Committee on Technology, and the editor of Modern Preservation Technology Dossiers on the conservation of curtain walls, exposed concrete, modern windows and glass. He has lectured and published extensively in many countries on the challenge of preserving recent architectural heritage.
As a practicing architect, he has been in charge of the restoration of Gerrit Rietveld’s 1953 Biannual Pavilion in Venice, Italy, in 1995; the supervision of the 1999 restoration of the former Technical Schools in Groningen (Wiebenga and Van der Vlugt, 1922-23); the rehabilitation of the former Control Tower (1947) at Schiphol International Airport, completed in 2001; the restoration of the Villa Poot in Bergen (1932) completed in 2002; and the restoration of the former sanatorium ‘Zonnestraal’ in Hilversum (Duiker and Bijvoet, 1926-31), in co-operation with Henket Architects, completed in 2003.
Master Planning projects include the 1999-2004 large-scale rehabilitation project for the Van Nelle Design Factory in Rotterdam (Brinkman and Van der Vlugt, 1926-30); the extensions of Amsterdam’s 19th century Artis Zoo; and the 1958 Cité Modèle in Brussels.
His Rotterdam based studio of 11 staff is currently engaged in projects for the reconstruction of the Poème Électronique pavilion of the 1958 World Fair in Brussels (Le Corbusier, Xenakis, Varèse) for a location in Eindhoven, the rehabilitation of the former GAK Building (Merkelbach&Elling, 1959) in Amsterdam, the relocation of the Rotterdam School for Music and Dance in an 1950s print shop, and the conversion of the 1914 Jobsveem warehouses into apartments. Recent commissions include the design of a new public library in Waregem (Belgium) and the extension to the 1920s Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam, involving the rehabilitation of the museum’s entrance and the addition of a hotel and a new theatre.
In 2003, Wessel de Jonge was nominated by H.M. the Queen of The Netherlands the Royal Medal as an Officer in the Order of Orange Nassau.
In 2004, he was awarded the Annual Award of the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects, the BNA Kubus.
Henket, H.A.J. and W. de Jonge: Het Nieuwe Bouwen en restaureren. Het bepalen van gevolgen van restauratiemogelijkheden, Zeist/Den Haag 1990.
Jonge, W. de: Zonnestraal Hilversum, in 'J. Duiker bouwkundig ingenieur', Bak, P. et. al. (ed.); Rotterdam 1982.
Jonge, W. de, and Molema, J.: Johannes Duiker, in 'Architectural Review' 1055, (1) 1985, pp. 48,55.
Jonge, W. de: De Amerikaanse inspiratie in 'Jan Gerko Wiebenga. Apostel van het Nieuwe Bouwen', Molema, J. en Bak, P. (ed.), Rotterdam 1987.
Jonge, W. de: A monument of Dutch clarity. Building history and account of the restoration in 'The Most Beautiful Space I Know. The Netherlands Biennale Pavilion in Venice by Gerrit Rietveld', Docter, R. (ed.), Rotterdam 1995.
Jonge, W. de, J. Schilt and H. Tilman: Het Gebruik van de Stad. Hoe Rotterdam zichzelf kan blijven, Cie. Waardestelling Wederopbouw Rotterdam, Rotterdam mei 1997.
Jonge, W. de, and J. Molema: The Modern Spirit Materialized. The Van Nelle Factories in Rotterdam, Tokyo 2000.
Jonge, W. de: The Technology of Change. The Van Nelle Factories in Transition, in 'Back from Utopia', Henket, H.A.J. en Heijnen, H (ed.), Rotterdam 2002.
Jonge, W. de: Three modern preservation cases. The restoration of Rietveld's Biennale Pavilion (1953-54) in Venice, Italy, compared to Sanatorium 'Zonnestraal' (Jan Duiker, 1926-28) and the Van Nelle Factories (Brinkman&Van der Vlugt, 1926-31), in 'The Double Dimension: Heritage and Innovation', Hill, J. (ed.), Sydney 2004.
Jonge, W. de, 'Zonnestraal': Restoration of a transitory architecture. Concept, planning and realisation in the context of its authenticity, in DOCOMOMO preservation technology dossier 7, Copenhagen/Helsinki 2004.
Jonge, W. de: Innovation in Restoration. From New Building to Sustainable Building, in 'ARCHIS', (5) december 2004.
Jonge, W. de: Continuity and Change in the Architecture of Van Nelle, in 'Van Nelle Monument in Progress', Rotterdam 2005.
Jonge, W. de, The Unbearable Lightness of Building. The "functionally differentiated outer wall" and the preservation of Modern Movement buildings, in ‘Climate and Building Physics in the Modern Movement’, DOCOMOMO preservation technology dossier 9, Zittau/Görlitz 2006.
Together with other authors
Hoogewoning, Anne, The memory of brick, in 'Yearbook 2003>2004. Architecture in the Netherlands', Rotterdam 2003
Lagae, John, Ambivalent Positions on Modern Heritage; A Dialogue between Wessel de Jonge and Réjean Legault, essay in ‘Oase’ Architectural Journal, # 69, April 2006, pp. 47-62.
Oliver, Giles, Pretty Nell. Van Nelle Monument in Progress, book review, in 'Architecture Today', November 2005.
Reichlin, Bruno, From Product to Process. The Van Nelle factories in Rotterdam, in 'DOCOMOMO Journal 26. Engineering the Future', December 2001, pp. 44, 51.
Winter, John, Modernist Monument. Van Nelle Monument in Progress, book review, in 'Architectural Review', 2005.