Collège néerlandais Paris

Willem Marinus Dudok


  • Harald Mooij TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment


In 1921, the French Minister of Education André Honorat launched the initiative for an ‘international city’ for students, in the green band around the old city ramparts of Paris. Good housing for a growing student population also served the more ideological goal of preventing new wars through international cooperation. France made the land available free of cost, and participating countries could build a fondation in line with their own ideas and budget, to be transferred on delivery to the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris.

The Netherlands was keen to be represented in this international arena and seized the opportunity to establish, in addition to residential accommodation for Dutch students, a centre for Dutch and Netherlands East Indies studies, with an active cultural programme. The Collège néerlandais was intended to reflect the image of a self-assured and modern country with a role to play on the world stage. The choice fell on Willem Marinus Dudok as the architect to give shape to these ambitions; he had made an international name for himself with his recently published design for the Town Hall in Hilversum.

Author Biography

Harald Mooij, TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment

Harald Mooij studied architecture and building technology at Delft University of Technology and at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV). He is an architect in The Hague and is currently involved in various projects, including housing. He has been a lecturer and researcher at Delft University of Technology in the Chair of Architecture and Dwelling since 2004. He writes regularly for professional journals in the Netherlands and abroad, is co-editor of DASH and co-author of the book Housing Design: A Manual, published in 2008 (English edition in 2011).






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