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Zeist’s Zest for Traditional Architecture

The Daniel Marotplein, a residential square in the town of Zeist, provides a fine recent example of traditional architecture in the Netherlands. Designed by the TU-Delft-trained architect Diederik Six, the twenty houses surround a green square named after the Huguenot craftsman and artist Daniel Marot some of whose handiwork is in the nearby Slot Zeist.

The slot (schloss/castle/house) is associated with the Protestant Moravian brotherhood who were invited to live nearby by Cornelis Schellinger in the mid-eighteenth century, and the Daniel Marotplein takes inspiration from the two squares of houses they lived in flanking the castle.

This post was published on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 11:30 am. It has been categorised under Architecture Netherlands.
Gousset van Heel
6 Oct 2016 10:01 am

Come come Mr Cusack? Are you too now a leveller?
“Diederik Six”? There is no such person. The architect you refer to, and whose work you so rightly praise, is Jonkheer Diederik Ludolf Six, the second son of Henri Guillaume Baron Six, now deceased. If he outlives his elder brother, he will himself one day be the head of this storied Dutch family. The splendid Six collection, housed in the family house on the Amstel, and a collection I think you know, is the property of the second branch of the family.
Speaking of houses, I would suggest that “slot” cannot usefully be translated as “house” alone; “manor-house” perhaps, but only when the said manor has been built upon the site of a castle no longer in existence.

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