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In 1904, architect Hanrath built his own house with studio in Kannesheuvel Park. Hanrath has achieved a simple silhouette editing. He felt that the connection of a villa to the environment should take place with a smooth transition. He opted for an orderly facade surface instead of capriciousness and a multitude of elements such as conservatories and balconies. The symmetry is apparent. The roof continues on one side, covering an originally open veranda. The entrance is not in the middle.
The appearance of symmetry is lost in the rear facade. This country house has a studio built in wood, in which a dark room was also furnished. The balustrade of the stairwell has a striking element: a heart in the styles on which the railing rests. This heart is often found in his houses and especially in the shutters in the stairwell. Above the door are colored stained glass windows placed in the semicircular fanlight with the text: Peace be to life, earnest be to endeavor in the Olive Branch. The architect has placed natural stone blocks at the corners of the villa at the height of the plinth. He had his initials and presumably those of his relatives chiseled onto it.
Source: Annette Koenders, Hilversum. Architectuur en Stedenbouw 1850-1940, Zwolle (2001).
Rossinilaan 4, Hilversum