01. Introduction and hall

Welcome to Huis Sonneveld. As a guest of the house, please feel free to go anywhere you like, but there are a few house rules. They’re explained down here in the hall. For instance, we ask you kindly not to touch the various objects in this unique interior from 1933: they’re part of the museum’s collection. We would also ask you not to sit on the windowsills. You can sit on the chairs without protective cords across them, though. The toilets in the house are the original toilets from the 1930s and they’re not in use. Toilets are available on the other side of the road in Het Nieuwe Instituut. You will find activation points for the audio commentaries in every room of the house. They’re small square boxes marked with sequential numbers. Point your audio player – the Podcatcher – at the activation point from 30 centimetres or less away (that’s about a foot), and the commentary will start automatically. We’ve numbered the route from 1 to 23 for you, although you are free to take whatever route you want. This commentary is number 1 of the tour. You can use the middle button B to pause the commentaries. Pressing button B again will continue the commentary from where you left off. You can use buttons A and C to adjust the volume. Buttons A, B and C can also sometimes be used for listening to additional information, such as the short interview fragments with people who knew Huis Sonneveld as it used to be. In the past, guests would be admitted into the hall by a servant. They could pay a quick visit to the bathroom, check their appearance in the mirror, and they could wait on the sofa if the hosts weren't yet ready for them. The living quarters are upstairs on the first floor. But before you go upstairs, we recommend that you have a look at the studio, here on the ground floor through the glass door. We hope you’ll really enjoy your visit!

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Sonneveld House is one of the best-preserved houses in the Dutch Functionalist style. The villa was designed in 1933 by architecture firm Brinkman and Van der Vlugt for Albertus Sonneveld, a director of the Van Nelle Factory.