Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Schroder House by Rietveld

The Schroder House is the epitome of the de Stijl movement personified in architecture. Inspired by Piet Mondrian's paintings, Rietveld also tried to simplify architecture to its purest forms by predominantly using primary colors and 90 degree angles. The building was designed for Mrs. Truus Schroder and her family after her husband died. The upstairs area merges furniture with architecture. Its walls are merely portable partitions that allow for privacy at night and a larger play area for the children during the day. Mrs. Schroder lived in the house from its date of construction in 1924 until her death in 1985.
Rietveld successfully created the icon of De Stijl architecture. His sparse use of color and the simple, clean forms effectively created a plastic facade. Rietveld designed a facade that is asymmetric. Instead, he achieved balance through the opposition of forms. The building has aged gracefully over the years and is in great shape. The colors are still vibrant and the white is still fairly clean. It is now a museum and open to the public. Reservations are highly recommended.
Architect: Gerrit Thomas Rietveld (1924)
Rietveld Schroder House
Prins Hendriklaan 50
Utrecht, Netherlands
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