Janneke Bierman in debate at the Restauratiebeurs
On Saturday 20 April, during the Interiors Theme Day at the Nederlandse Restauratiebeurs (Dutch renovation exhibition) a panel discussion will be organised around the central question: "Do we treat our architectural heritage responsibly?"
Janneke Bierman, as a "hands-on" expert in the restoration, renovation and transformation of listed buildings, will participate in this debate. The other participants are Jan Six van Hillegom (Sixcollectie), Jacques Akerboom (Monumentenwacht), Frank Petter (burgomaster of Woudrichem), Gerdo van Grootheest (alderman of Maastricht), Sylvia Pijnenborg (BOEi), Johan de Haan (Atelier Rijksbouwmeester) and Eloy Koldeweij (RCE). The debate will be chaired by Erik Kleijn.
Since the first Monumentenwet (Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments Act) in 1961 more than 60,000 buildings have been designated and described as Rijksmonumenten, listed buildings. This not only concerns building volume and elevations: interiors are, as a rule, of historical and architectural value. Guidelines governing the treatment of how to deal with listed interiors are, however, less evident than for exteriors. Functions have changed, the authenticity of interiors is difficult to discover and many historical interiors have not been catalogued. What should we do when contemporary functional requirements are not compatible with the listed status of the interior?
Janneke Bierman will contribute the knowledge and experience of Bierman Henket architecten in the discussion at the Restauratiebeurs. More information: website restauratiebeurs