Rietveld Schröder House, Utrecht

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The Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht was built in 1924 by Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld for Mrs. Truus Schröder-Schräder and her three children.She commissioned the house to be designed preferably without walls. Rietveld worked side by side with Schröder-Schräder to create the house. He sketched the first possible design for the building; Schröder-Schrader was not pleased. She envisioned a house that was free from association and could create a connection between the inside and outside. The house is one of the best known examples of De Stijl-architecture and arguably the only true De Stijl building. Mrs. Schröder lived in the house until her death in 1985. The house was restored by Bertus Mulder and now is a museum open for visits, run by the Centraal Museum. It is a listed monument since 1976 and UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.
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  • The design of the House even today is very different from the boxes that modern designers design. The interior shape offers a form and function that would very enjoyable to live in today. My only comm...  more »
  • The building was registered as a world heritage site! To those who have an interest in the building come recommended. You can see also in the book in advance! McPhee Museum near!
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  • This House was the purpose of my trip to Utriht, I was dreaming to see him even since its layout at kleila the architect, live it even more beautiful with all the details, garden around as something new. Unfortunately I was not inside because the Museum does not work on Monday, and it is important! Tickets can only be bought online and they need to be booked in advance on the website of the Museum.
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  • Unique place, you won't find anything like it. It's nice to look around it but to really experience the thought the Rietveld put into it you will have to take a tour. At no point was I bored, every inch of the house is amazing.
  • I went to architecture school in the 1990s, and we learned about this historic design. It was absolutely amazing to see and experience it in person! It's particularly notable for how modern and innovative it was for the time. It is not big at all, but the design has big ideas! We were fortunate, because there was a special exhibit at the local museum covering the architect as well as this project, So we got advance prep before actually touring the house. I recommend leaving plenty of time to stroll around the neighborhood and to enjoy the exterior views of the house.
  • This is a very interesting house to visit and definitely a milestone in the development of open plan concepts in the 20th century. I think it shows that this was Rietveld's first house, and there are things about the design that are too fussy and go too far. However the idea of the flexible plan is quite exciting to see. Here are the points that cause me to mark it down a star. 1. The visit format doesn't give you a moment to yourself, there are always quite a few other visitors hanging around and it's hard to take good photos. 2. The audio tour format seems too detailed for a tour like this. If you could explore at your own pace it would work better. I skipped several of the tracks and my wife skipped it almost entirely. 3. It's relatively expensive unless you really want to see the central museum as well. You get much of the same experience from the YouTube video. I paid it happily but I struggled to get my wife to join me at that price. By contrast the cube house in Rotterdam is about a third to a quarter of the price and the visit format there is more flexible. Nevertheless if you enjoy a bit of architecture, this is a must-see.
  • Must see. Awesome! You must reserve upfront your tickets. You visit the house in a very small group.
  • Fascinating and ingenious. Excellent guide. All about looking out rather than in. Worth catching the intro movie so arrive 20 mins early.

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