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There are so many modern architectural masterpieces in Hilversum, it almost feels like an open air museum. However, finding these buildings scattered all over the city can be a frustrating experience. The modern architect '''W.M. Dudok''' shaped most of 20th century Hilversum and approximately 75 buildings still bear his stamp. Dudok's distinctive mix of styles is heavily influenced by ''Nieuwe Bouwen'' (New Building), also called New Objectivity, a radical movement in urban architecture in the Netherlands, Germany and France in the period 1915-1960. The best way to explore Dudok's designs is by walking or biking the '''W.M. Dudok Architectural Route''', as explained in the [[Hilversum#Do|Do]]-section. Start your journey in the world of modern architecture with his masterpiece, the '''Hilversum Town Hall'''.
 
There are so many modern architectural masterpieces in Hilversum, it almost feels like an open air museum. However, finding these buildings scattered all over the city can be a frustrating experience. The modern architect '''W.M. Dudok''' shaped most of 20th century Hilversum and approximately 75 buildings still bear his stamp. Dudok's distinctive mix of styles is heavily influenced by ''Nieuwe Bouwen'' (New Building), also called New Objectivity, a radical movement in urban architecture in the Netherlands, Germany and France in the period 1915-1960. The best way to explore Dudok's designs is by walking or biking the '''W.M. Dudok Architectural Route''', as explained in the [[Hilversum#Do|Do]]-section. Start your journey in the world of modern architecture with his masterpiece, the '''Hilversum Town Hall'''.
  
*<see name="Hilversum Town Hall" alt="Raadhuis Hilversum" address="Dudokpark 1" directions="" phone="+31 35 629 28 26" url="http://www.hilversum.nl/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">This is unquestionably Dudok's masterpiece. Built in 1928-1931, this building has wide international fame and features in many architecture textbooks. The building has a remarkable shape and feels like a combination of 'blocks'. It's built with specifically designed yellow bricks that have a slightly different size than traditional ones. Dudok is also responsible for the interior, the furniture, the decorations and even the font. Every Friday at 1:30PM and Sunday at 1:30PM and 3PM there is a guided tour through the town hall for €7.50. It is in Dutch, but the guide will also tell something in English upon request. It gives you the chance to view some rooms closed to the public, such as the marriage room and the mayor room. You will also visit the Dudok Dependance, a permanent overview of Dudoks life and work. At the end, you will climb the 46 metre tower for a nice view of Hilversum and the surrounding areas. There are special arrangements possible for groups. For bookings, call the listed phone number or ask the staff of Museum Hilversum.</see>
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*<see name="Hilversum Town Hall" alt="Raadhuis Hilversum" address="Dudokpark 1" directions="" phone="+31 35 629 28 26" url="http://www.hilversum.nl/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">This is unquestionably Dudok's masterpiece. Built in 1928-1931, this building has wide international fame and features in many architecture textbooks. The building has a remarkable shape and feels like a combination of 'blocks'. It's built with specifically designed yellow bricks that have a slightly different size than traditional ones. Dudok is also responsible for the interior, the furniture, the decorations and even the font. Every Friday at 1.30 p.m and Sunday at 1.30PM and 3 p.m. there is a guided tour through the town hall for €7.50. It is in Dutch, but the guide will also tell something in English upon request. It gives you the chance to view some rooms closed to the public, such as the marriage room and the mayor room. You will also visit the Dudok Dependance, a permanent overview of Dudoks life and work. At the end, you will climb the 46 metre tower for a nice view of Hilversum and the surrounding areas. There are special arrangements possible for groups. For bookings, call the listed phone number or ask the staff of Museum Hilversum.</see>
  
*<see name="Dudok Dependance" alt="Dudok Centre" address="Dudokpark 1" directions="" phone="+31 35 629 28 26" url="" hours="W, Su noon-4:30PM" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The Dudok Dependance is a separate part of Hilversum's famous town hall, located in the basement of the building. Administered by the Museum Hilversum, it is basically a permanent overview of Dudoks life and work. There's also an exposition on the renovation of the town hall, which took place during 1989-1996. It took 5 years to restore the exterior and the interior to their original state, which almost plunged the municipality of Hilversum into bankruptcy. Keep in mind that it's only opened on Friday and Sunday from 1 until 4:30PM.</see>
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*<see name="Dudok Dependance" alt="Dudok Centre" address="Dudokpark 1" directions="" phone="+31 35 629 28 26" url="" hours="W, Su noon-4:30PM" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The Dudok Dependance is a separate part of Hilversum's famous town hall, located in the basement of the building. Administered by the Museum Hilversum, it is basically a permanent overview of Dudoks life and work. There's also an exposition on the renovation of the town hall, which took place during 1989-1996. It took 5 years to restore the exterior and the interior to their original state, which almost plunged the municipality of Hilversum into bankruptcy. Keep in mind that it's only opened on Friday and Sunday from 1 until 4.30 p.m. </see>
  
 
* <see name="Former AVRO Studios" alt="Blue Circle" address="'s-Gravelandseweg 50-52" directions="" phone="+31 35 678 50 00" url="http://www.bluecircle.tv" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The former AVRO-studios are the only buildings in Hilversum to have a miniature copy in Madurodam, as the miniature copy of Hilversum Town Hall burnt down. The studios were designed by B. Merkelback and Ch.F. Karsten. Studio 1 opened in 1936, studio 2 in 1940 at the other side of the Melkpad road. Studio 2 looks like a music box in the shape of the sound box of a violin. Both buildings are connected with an underground tunnel. Now it's the home of the tv-production company Blue Circle, but the letters "AVRO" can still be seen if you look closely.</see>
 
* <see name="Former AVRO Studios" alt="Blue Circle" address="'s-Gravelandseweg 50-52" directions="" phone="+31 35 678 50 00" url="http://www.bluecircle.tv" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The former AVRO-studios are the only buildings in Hilversum to have a miniature copy in Madurodam, as the miniature copy of Hilversum Town Hall burnt down. The studios were designed by B. Merkelback and Ch.F. Karsten. Studio 1 opened in 1936, studio 2 in 1940 at the other side of the Melkpad road. Studio 2 looks like a music box in the shape of the sound box of a violin. Both buildings are connected with an underground tunnel. Now it's the home of the tv-production company Blue Circle, but the letters "AVRO" can still be seen if you look closely.</see>
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* <see name="Kiosk" alt="" address="De Kei Square" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">This Kiosk looks like a design from Dudok, but it's actually designed by Bakker and Bakker and completed in 1931. Dudok's influence on these architects is clearly noticable. News papers and tobacco used to be sold here, but now it only shows touristic and cultural information on a computer screen. It was fully renovated in 1998 for its cultural and historic value. A short time ago it turned into a "snackbar", and also "pick-up point".</see>
 
* <see name="Kiosk" alt="" address="De Kei Square" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">This Kiosk looks like a design from Dudok, but it's actually designed by Bakker and Bakker and completed in 1931. Dudok's influence on these architects is clearly noticable. News papers and tobacco used to be sold here, but now it only shows touristic and cultural information on a computer screen. It was fully renovated in 1998 for its cultural and historic value. A short time ago it turned into a "snackbar", and also "pick-up point".</see>
 
* <see name="Landgoed Zonnestraal" alt="" address="Loosdrechtse Bos 17" directions="Bus 104, Zonnestraal" phone="+31 35 538 54 00" url="http://zonnestraal.org/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Located in a quiet forest between Hilversum and Loosdrecht, this big estate is one of Duiker's architectural marvels. It is one of the best examples of the New Objectivity style. Zonnestraal consists of one large main building, two smaller pavilions and some additional buildings that were added later, like the Koepel, which now functions as a visitors centre. The buildings are made of concrete and glass, in Duiker's typical colours of white, black and a specific kind of light-blue called 'Duiker blue'. The best way to explore this building is by taking the '''guided tour''' [http://www.hilversumgoedbekeken.nl/home/architectuur/sub-items-architectuur/426,2557/#volledigBericht]. Every last Sunday of the month, at noon and 2PM, you can take a 90-minute tour around the estate, starting from the Brasserie nr 15). Cost is €7.50, bring it with you in cash and hand it over to the guide when the tour starts.</see>
 
  
 
[[Image:DSC00560.JPG|thumb|350px|Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision]]
 
[[Image:DSC00560.JPG|thumb|350px|Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision]]
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* <see name="RVU Building" alt="" address="Sumatralaan 55" directions="Near the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision" phone="+31 35 677 14 00" url="http://www.rvu.nl/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">RVU is a public broadcasting organisation that is focused on educating the public. They are located in a brown box-shaped building, designed by MVRDV Architects in the early nineties. Postproduction is done in the visible part of the building, while production facilities are underground.</see>
 
* <see name="RVU Building" alt="" address="Sumatralaan 55" directions="Near the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision" phone="+31 35 677 14 00" url="http://www.rvu.nl/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">RVU is a public broadcasting organisation that is focused on educating the public. They are located in a brown box-shaped building, designed by MVRDV Architects in the early nineties. Postproduction is done in the visible part of the building, while production facilities are underground.</see>
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* <see name="Landgoed Zonnestraal" alt="" address="Loosdrechtse Bos 17" directions="Bus 104, Zonnestraal" phone="+31 35 538 54 00" url="http://zonnestraal.org/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Located in a quiet forest between Hilversum and Loosdrecht, this big estate is one of Duiker's architectural marvels. It is one of the best examples of the New Objectivity style. Zonnestraal consists of one large main building, two smaller pavilions and some additional buildings that were added later, like the Koepel, which now functions as a visitors centre. The buildings are made of concrete and glass, in Duiker's typical colours of white, black and a specific kind of light-blue called 'Duiker blue'. The best way to explore this building is by taking the '''guided tour''' [http://www.hilversumgoedbekeken.nl/home/architectuur/sub-items-architectuur/426,2557/#volledigBericht]. Every last Sunday of the month, at noon and 2PM, you can take a 90-minute tour around the estate, starting from the Brasserie nr 15). Cost is €7.50, bring it with you in cash and hand it over to the guide when the tour starts.</see>
  
 
* <see name="Villa VPRO" alt="" address="Sumatralaan 49" directions="Near the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision" phone="+31 35 671 29 11" url="http://www.vpro.nl/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">VPRO is a Dutch public broadcasting organisation with a liberal-protestant background. Previously housed in a series of classical villas in the leafy surroudings, in 1997 it moved to this stunning architectural project by MVRDV Architects. Instead of having regular corridors, it features large folding floorplates. The floors seem fluid, not having a recognizable hierarchy.<!--It is not clear what the previous sentence means--> The architects' goal was to show the distinct identity of the separate content-based groups working in the building, as well as emphasize the fluid identity they have with the whole organization.</see>
 
* <see name="Villa VPRO" alt="" address="Sumatralaan 49" directions="Near the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision" phone="+31 35 671 29 11" url="http://www.vpro.nl/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">VPRO is a Dutch public broadcasting organisation with a liberal-protestant background. Previously housed in a series of classical villas in the leafy surroudings, in 1997 it moved to this stunning architectural project by MVRDV Architects. Instead of having regular corridors, it features large folding floorplates. The floors seem fluid, not having a recognizable hierarchy.<!--It is not clear what the previous sentence means--> The architects' goal was to show the distinct identity of the separate content-based groups working in the building, as well as emphasize the fluid identity they have with the whole organization.</see>

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