Reuse, Transformation and Restoration


  • Hubert-Jan Henket




Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


In the period I was teaching at the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, from 1984–1998, I often had the privilege to welcome our first year students entering the faculty of architecture. After I had paid my compliments to the students for having chosen a fascinating study and future profession I told them that for environmental and climate reasons, it would be best not to build at all any longer. And since this was unrealistic, the next best thing was that we should learn how to renew the world with things that exist already. Laughter was always their response. Didn’t the nutty professor notice that outside an enormous boom of new building was going on as a result of the neo-liberal wave that was hitting Europe and North America? Besides, the ambition of most of them was to become the future Rem Koolhaas or Norman Foster. So please don’t spoil the party. Directly after my talk they were embraced by the faculty staff to fulfill their dreams.

How to Cite

Henket, H.-J. (2015). Reuse, Transformation and Restoration. Docomomo Journal, (52), 12–13.




Author Biography

Hubert-Jan Henket

(b. 1940, Netherlands). Hubert-Jan Henket is a practicing architect in the Netherlands, professor emeritus of the Eindhoven and Delft Universities and Honorary President of docomomo International. He graduated cum laude in 1969 at the Faculty of Architecture at the Delft University of Technology Afterwards and he studied Urban Design at the Otaniemi University in Helsinki Finland. From 1971 he worked in London until 1976 when he started Hubert-Jan Henket architects in the Netherlands. Since 2010 the practice is known as Bierman Henket architects. He held the chair of building technology at Eindhoven University from 1984 till 1998 and one of the chairs in architecture at Delft University from 1998 till 2005. In 1988, together with Wessel de Jonge, he founded docomomo. He is the chairman of the Rietveld Schröder House Foundation and the Theo van Doesburg House Foundation. Together with Hilde Heynen he edited the book Back from Utopia, the Challenge of the Modern Movement. Recently he published a book in Dutch: Where New and Old Meet, a Plea for Sustainable Modernity in Architecture. His architectural work, which mainly concentrates on the relationship between new and old, received wide coverage. He is involved in the restoration of buildings by Rietveld, Dudok and Duiker. He designed among others 11 museums, such as the extension to the Teylers Museum in Haarlem and recently the Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle, for which he received the Dutch Design Award 2013. Together with Wessel de Jonge he received the World Monuments Fund, Knoll Modernism Prize for the restoration of the Zonnestraal Sanatorium in Hilversum, the Netherlands. Hubert-Jan Henket was awarded the Bernhard Cultuurfonds Prijs for his complete oeuvre and the Kubus of the Dutch Institute of Architects. He is a Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion.