Michel de Klerk

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Michel de Klerk

Michel de Klerk (November 24, 1884, Amsterdam – November 24, 1923, Amsterdam) was a Dutch architect.

Born to a Jewish family,[1] he was one of the founding architects of the movement Amsterdam School. Early in his career he worked for other architects, including Eduard Cuypers. For a while, he also employed the Indonesian-born Liem Bwan Tjie, who would later become his country's pioneering proponent of the Amsterdam School and modern architecture.[2]

Of his many outstanding designs, very few have actually been built. One of his finest completed buildings is 'Het Schip' (The Ship) in the Amsterdam district of Spaarndammerbuurt.

Amsterdam West[edit]

Eigen Haard (Own Hearth), working-class Socialist housing, consisting of three groups of buildings:

  • (1) Spaarndammerplantsoen, north side (1913–15)
  • (2) Spaarndammerplantsoen, south side (1915–16)
  • (3) Het Schip, Zaanstraat / Oostzaanstraat / Hembrugstraat (1917–20)

Amsterdam South[edit]

De Dageraad (The Dawn), working-class Socialist housing by Michel de Klerk and Piet Kramer (1920–23). The architectural contribution by Michel de Klerk is shown in this article. See also Piet Kramer.


  1. ^ Jewish Currents: "A Golden Age of Jewish Architects" by Abbott Gorin Spring 2015
  2. ^ Suryadinata, Leo (2012). Southeast Asian Personalities of Chinese Descent: A Biographical Dictionary, Volume I & II. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. pp. 573–574. ISBN 9814345210. 
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