The Rietveld Schröderhuis or the Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht was made by Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld in 1924. It was established for Truus Schröder-Schräder and her offspring. She custom-built the house, if possible without walls because she envisioned the house to be free from association and wanted to make a link between the interior and the exterior.
The Rietveld Schröder House is one of the finest acknowledged examples of De Stijl-architecture and perhaps the only genuine De Stijl structure. Mrs. Schröder stayed here until her death in 1985. Bertus Mulder restored the house and transformed into a Rietveld Schröder museum. Beginning in 1976 it has developed into a listed shrine and a UNESCO Wold Heritage Site beginning 2000.
This two-storey family house, with its interior, the versatile spatial arrangement, and the visual and formal traits, was a manifesto of the De Stijl group of artists and architect ideals in the Netherlands in the 1920’s. It has been recognized as one of the representations of the Modern Movement in the architecture.
Mrs Schröder lived in the house for some 60 years. Within this lengthy phase some alterations in the house’s interior were done. Both in 1970’s and 1980’s, the house underwent reinstatement, restoring its initial appearance in the 1920’s.
What to Expect
The Rietveld Schröder House is extraordinary in so many ways. This is the sole building in Rietveld of its kind. The disparity lies in the conduct of architectural space and in the formation of the house functions.
The two-floor house is developing around a spiral staircase in the center. The main structure is consisted of reinforced concrete slabs and steel. Rooms here are accessible through corridors which is different from conventional Dutch houses.
A visit in this house has standard audio tours that normally last roughly an hour. Audio tours are available in Dutch, English, French, Japanese and other languages.
You have the option when to look at the documentary by Daphne Rosenthal, where Gerrit Rietveld and Truus Schröder enlighten about their encounter. The short movie also shares more information about the Rietveld Schröder House and the experiences of Mrs. Schröder living in this house.
If you want a guided tour, you can ask for it which will include a visit of the model home on Erasmuslaan 9. This type of tour which can accommodate up to 12 people is especially created to meet the needs of your group. Advance booking is needed at least 2 weeks prior to your visit.
How to Get There
If you are outside Utrecht and riding a vehicle, drive from the A12 Utrecht-East and take an exit to the Galgenwaard. If you are using public transport, from Utrecht CS to reach the Rietveld Schröder House take the bus 8. This will travel through the Diakonessenhuis direction and stops at Ostadelaan. You can then take a 10 minute walk.
If you want to do cycling, you can ask at the entrance desk of the Central Museum for a Rietveld borrowed. The bike has to be returned in a specific time and you can reach the Rietveld Schröder House for about 20 minutes.
Prins Hendriklaan 50
3583 EP Utrecht
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