Fritz Peutz

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The Schunck department store nicknamed ‘The Glass Palace’

Frits Peutz (Uithuizen 1896-1974 Heerlen) was one of the first practitioners of Dutch architectural modernism that was called ‘Nieuwe Bouwen’.

Frits Peutz (Uithuizen 1896-1974 Heerlen) was one of the first practitioners of Dutch architectural modernism that was called ‘Nieuwe Bouwen’.

His most famous building is the department store that he designed in 1933 for the textile merchant Peter Schunck. Later nicknamed ‘Glaspaleis’ this glass palace is unique since only two sides of the building is of reinforced concrete whereas the other two sides are made completely of glass.

The ‘Retraitehuis’ of 1932 shows the more typical functionalist elements of modernism.

 

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