Wall House is a true sight to see, with its wealth of shapes, colours, interesting details, symbols and meanings. It is a prime example of the architecture of the 1980s and 1990s, when Groningen played a key role in showcasing international postmodern architecture. The exuberant private home was designed by architect John Quentin Hejduk (New York 1929–2000 New York).
Open in 2017
The story of the house and its architect can be heard and viewed there. The top floor features an exhibition of design objects created by the renowned design duo Studio Job. On the floor below visitors can enjoy the view of the Hoornsemeer lake sitting on benches designed by Alessandro Mendini, chief architect of the Groninger Museum. The lower floor is now home to a workshop where children can unleash their creativity.
Wall House can be visited by appointment.
In 2017, Wall House will be open from 15 April through 29 October on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon until 5 PM.
Visit Wall House #2: A.J. Lutulistraat 17, 9728 WT Groningen
Wall House #2
Wall House was originally designed in 1973 as a vacation home for landscape architect A.E. Bye (Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA). At the time, however, it was not built. The home would only be constructed in 2001 in Groningen, thanks to the Blue Moon architecture festival. Another of Hejduk’s works in Groningen is the city marker along the A7 motorway, entitled The Tower of Cards / The Tower of Letters / The Joker’s Perch, constructed as part of Groningen’s 950th anniversary celebrations in 1990.
The focal point of the design is a 14-metre-high wall stretching 18.5 metres. Hanging from this are various organically shaped spaces and rooms. The entrance, an interior bridge and office are situated on the other side of the wall.
In 2004 a foundation named Stichting Wall House #2 acquired the building, tasked with providing it with a public and cultural function. In the summer of 2005, the house was opened to the public with four types of activities on the programme: artist in residence, opening to the public, various events and knowledge development.
In 2016, the City of Groningen requested the Groninger Museum to manage Wall House, especially to ensure its public use and cultural designation. According to the Groninger Museum, an architectural icon in its own right, Wall House is a promising attraction and excellent venue for experimenting with small-scale design-related exhibitions that can also serve as an instrument for talent development.