Parrot neighborhood

Parrot neighborhood - Drachten

N 53.107856 / E 6.100512

We are not sure whether you will encounter real parrots in this area. What we do know is why this neighborhood around Torenstraat in Drachten is called this way: the woodwork of a number of residential houses is painted after a design from 1921 by Theo van Doesburg. Van Doesburg was the founder of the abstract art movement De Stijl, in which use of primary color predominates. The artist became friends with the shoemaker and poet Evert Rinsema from Drachten. His brother, Thijs Rinsema, was active as an artist in his spare time and also became friends with Theo van Doesburg.

Thanks to these friendships, Van Doesburg received his first major architectural assignment for middle-class houses in Drachten. Van Doesburg designed both the inside and the outside of houses around Torenstraat, using the characteristic primary colors. A group of enthusiasts of De Stijl started the Van Doesburg-Rinsemahuis Foundation and set up one of the houses in Torenstraat as a museum house in 2018. From 2019, the Van Doesburg-Rinsemahuis will be open to the public.

Parrot neighborhood

Parrot neighborhood
Torenstraat 3
9203 BC Drachten

Contact details
T: +31512515647

Opening hours
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday 14:00 - 17:00
Saturday 14:00 - 17:00
Sunday 14:00 - 17:00

The opening hours apply to the Van Doesburg-Rinsemahuis. A maximum of 6 visitors is allowed per time block. Check the website for the time blocks and to reserve your ticket.

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