Retour Dudok – Dudoks Traffic House built, demolished, rebuilt?

“Who would not wear it, the charming little house that immediately captivates eye and attention due to its attractive appearance”.

We are writing in September 1921. The office just taken into use by the Association for Foreigners Traffic Hilversum is well received by the reporter van de Gooi- en Eemlander, and he continues his story with a lyrical description of the work by the Director of Public Works W.M. Dudok (1884-1974) designed “Traffic house”.

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The tourist map of Hilversum has added a striking and colorful building. The traveler can go here for all kinds of information “about the beauty of the Gooische lanes and the choice of accommodation”. The VVVH is making good progress and Dudok’s design is an attractive eye-catcher for the association, right outside the station, on the corner of Stationsstraat and Stationsplein.

But after more than 50 years, the Traffic House is broken in the plans for the reconstruction of the center of Hilversum and demolished in early 1972. However, construction drawings and photos must be carefully preserved “so that sufficient documentation material is available to switch to the original model at a later date – if desired – with a new build.”

Now that the station area is being overhauled again, we see an opportunity to breathe new life into Dudok’s charming house. Not an indiscriminate imitation, but a modern version, sustainable and presented in a socially responsible manner. And what a tribute to our famous city architect it would be if Traffic House 2.0 became the new home of today’s VVV / Hilversum Marketing!


Dudok Architectuur Centrum


Tante Jans (Silverpoint), Schapenkamp 2


Opens in 2021 as soon as possible, saturday and sunday from 12 pm – 4 pm


Opens in 2021 as soon as possible, saturday and sunday from 12 pm – 4 pm at Tante Jans (Silverpoint) at Schapenkamp 2 (Subject to change)


In combination with a visit to the exhibition The life and work of Dudok: € 4 per person. Children up to 12 years old: free (accompanied by an adult).

Extra information

Appointments for visitors to the Dudok Architecture Center in connection with the Corona crisis:

  • Participation in a guided tour of the Town Hall is only possible after purchasing an online ticket. When visiting the Exhibition Center only, a door policy applies whereby a maximum of 5 people may be present in the Exhibition Space at the same time.
  • Do not leave home with health problems. You are welcome if you and your housemates are free of complaints for at least 24 hours.
  • Use public transport as little as possible. If you are coming by car, there is sufficient (paid) parking around the Town Hall; parking is free on Sundays and public holidays.
  • The Dudok Architecture Center, in collaboration with the Municipality of Hilversum, is organizing extra cleaning rounds in the Exhibition Space and the Town Hall.
  • The areas with a lot of contact, such as door handles, ATM and banisters are cleaned extra. For your own safety and that of others, we request that you touch these areas as few surfaces as possible.
  • Wash your hands immediately after entering and before leaving our Center. This can be done in the toilet room or with the disinfectant hand gel that is at the outside door.
  • The lifts in the Town Hall cannot be used.
  • The toilet areas are accessible to 1 person at a time or to visitors sharing a household.
  • Follow the directions on the signs in the Exhibition Center and the instructions of the guide during the tour regarding walking route and maximum numbers per space.
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