Wall House #2
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). The story of the house and its architect can be heard and viewed there.
Wall House can be visited by appointment
Wall House is open from 31 March 2018 to 3 November 2018 on Saturdays, Sundays and Pentacost from 12 noon until 5 PM.
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.
A. J. Lutulistraat 17, 9728 WT Groningen
- take line 10 from the main train and bus station (Hoofdstation) to Hoornse Meer and get off at the Palmelaan stop. From there it is 500 meters and a five-minute walk along the Hoornsemeer lake, with Wall House soon appearing on your right hand side.
- or take line 9 from the main train and bus station (Hoofdstation) to Airport Eelde and get off at Hoornse Plas stop. From there it is 600 meters and a 6 mnutes walk to Wall House, which is indicated by signs.
From the A28 motorway exit at ‘Groningen Zuid’ and then travel along Van Ketwich Verschuurlaan, turning right if coming from the north, left if coming from the south; cross the bridge, follow Laan Corpus Den Hoorn until the traffic lights and turn left there onto Sportlaan; take the second exit at the roundabout onto S.O.J. Palmelaan; follow it curving to the right, turn left at the second street, M.L. Kingstraat, and follow it until you see Wall House in the fourth street on the left, located on the right side at A. J. Lutulistraat 17.
Wall House is easy to reach by bicycle. Hire an OV-fiets at the main train and bus station (Hoofdstation), or see http://fietsen.groningen.nl for other places to rent bicycles in Groningen. Viewthe route from the Groninger Museum to Wall House here.
Wall House unfortunately is not accessible to those using a wheelchair or mobility scooter. Visitors with difficulty walking should note that the various floors are only accessible via stairs.