Rietveld Schroder House, Utrecht

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World heritage site · Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Rietveld Schröder House (Dutch: Rietveld Schröderhuis) (also known as the Schröder House) in Utrecht (Prins Hendriklaan 50) was built in 1924 by Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld for Mrs. Truus Schröder-Schräder and her three children.

He commissioned the house to be designed preferably without walls. Both Rietveld and Schröder espoused progressive ideals that included "a fierce commitment to a new openness about relationships within their own families and to truth in their emotional lives. Bourgeois notions of respectability and propriety, with their emphasis on discipline, hierarchy, and containment would be eliminated through architectural design that countered each of these aspects in a conscious and systematic way." 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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  • What an incredible time capsule. The architecture of this home is inspiring, and it’s been kept extraordinarily well by the trust. You need to book well in advance as it’s very popular and tour...  more »
  • This is actually a very interesting and different place to visit. Either you love architecture or you are just curious about UNESCO monuments, this is a nice house/museum to visit. The guided visits.....  more »
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  • This is a well preserved first home designed by the architect Rietveld on the outskirts of Utrecht. The design is still innovative today. For architecture enthusiasts, make sure you put this on your itinerary! It's a 25 minute walk from the old city via the interesting neighbourhood called Wilhelmina Park.
  • My father had a model of this house sitting on his desk for 25 years and I finally got to see it in person. Definitely worth visiting. Building this house in 1924 must have been mind blowing to the builder and the neighbors! Book tickets in advance!
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