Collège Néerlandais in Paris
On May 17, 2016, the Collège Néerlandais in Paris was reopened after an intensive restoration. A Dutch building on French soil, opened in1938 to a design by architect Willem Marinus Dudok. The Dutch student residence is part of la Cité Universitaire in Paris and built between the two World Wars in the assumption that the exchange of different cultures could contribute to global peace.
At the end of the past century, the structural condition of the College Néerlandais was deplorable. Van Hoogevest Architects were asked to make an inventory of the defects and to draw up a recovery plan. The Collège was studied from several areas of expertise. This body of knowledge was bundled in the book Dudok à Paris (1999, ed. Carien de Boer-van Hoogevest) and offered to France by the Dutch Government. The Netherlands contributed 2 million euros to the restoration and during the restoration process also added extensive Dutch knowledge via the Committee Scientifique. The following persons from the Netherlands participated in the restoration process: Gijsbert van Hoogevest (architect cultural heritage), Fons Asselbergs (former Director Monument Conservation) and Hubert Jan Henket (architect).
Carien van Hoogevest (architectural historian)
Photos: Franck Fokerman, Antoine Meyssonnier, Paul Raftery