Thursday, August 12, 2010


Sunday the 25th of April 2010 the Karel Appel house was officially opened by COBRA artist Jan Sierhuis and Joop Appel, the brother of the late artist Karel Appel. The Karel Appel House which is located in the ‘Dapperbuurt’ honours Karel Appel, the famous artist who grew up in this Amsterdam neighbourhood.

The Karel Appel House is a short stay apartment facility for artist of the Rijksakademie and a yearly ‘minimuseum’ in collaboration with the renowned COBRA museum. DUS architects designed the interior for client De Key/Principaal. DUS was inspired by the working method of Appel, which is characterized by his phrase: I start from my matter – the paint and the canvas’. In a similar intuitive way, DUS designed an interior with 15 mm thin coloured steel walls. This resulted in a layered three-dimensional colour scheme, where there’s optimal room for living and exhibiting: A House of Canvas.

On April 25, 26 and 27 there are special tours through the Karel Appel House. The COBRA museum presents an exhibition on the life of Karel Appel. One can register for guided tours at:

Location: Dapperstraat 7 Amsterdam, NL
Completion: April 2010
Projectteam: Hedwig Heinsman, Hans Vermeulen, Martine de Wit, Maja Gesar
Contractor: DUS architects / Fiction factory
photography: Theo Krijgsman

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