Dakdetail De Dageraad, Burgemeester Tellegenstraat, ©Marcel Westhoff

De Dageraad

You can find out more about the art and architecture movement of the Amsterdam School behind the waving façades of world-famous social housing complex The Dageraad in Berlage’s Plan Zuid (‘South Plan’). The architects of this well-known housing complex are Michel de Klerk and Piet Kramer.

Plan Zuid is home to many Amsterdam School buildings. Expressionistic façades and beautiful ornaments can be seen throughout the neighbourhood. A guided tour around the picturesque squares and streets provides a beautiful picture of life in the city in the 1920s.

Michel de Klerk and Piet Kramer were commissioned to design the Dageraad complex in all its facets, from the street to the rear façades and floorplans of the apartments. This changed in later years, when architects were restricted to designing the façade of a housing block, but the design of the apartments behind it was left to the building contractor. For this reason the Amsterdam School was jokingly nicknamed ‘schortjesarchitectuur’ (apron architecture).

Visit our visitor centre to learn more about Berlage’s Plan Zuid and social housing complex The Dageraad. Our documentary Living in Beauty take you on a journey through the history of the housing complex.

Opening hours and entrance fees De Dageraad.

Furthermore, the visitor centre is the starting point and finish of many walking tours and bike tours. There will also be several lectures in 2019 (detailed information will follow).