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“Amazing Living Space” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rietveld Schroder House

Rietveld Schroder House
Ranked #5 of 101 things to do in Utrecht
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Amazing Living Space”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

The Rietveld Schroderhuis was going to be an ordinary two floor structure in 1924. But Schroder, with three children, had an adventurous heart. And she'd met Rietveld, a carpenter with astonishing ideas. The result is this open-plan house that amazes you with the space contained in even a small shell. You want to apply the ideas to your own home or apartment, to give yourself the same breathing space.

There's an admission charge that includes an English audio description of the rooms and how they fold into one another. The language is simple yet elegant. You're assembled into a small group and led through the house by a guide. You have to climb several steps to the second floor, but that's the only physical demand.

In a nutshell, everything is designed to serve multiple functions. The walls were open during the day to create play areas for the children or serve other purposes, then slid closed or revolved for privacy and quiet at night. Is there space near a window? It holds books. Is there a chair? It's really empty space surrounded by a bent board or two that you sit on in perfect comfort. The kitchen wasn't designed for microwaves and dishwashers, but people handled all their needs here, in an area that we consider tiny. There was a study and a maid's room. There was a social area and a kitchen and a dining room. And lots and lots of light.

The house consists of lines and black and white, with primary colours thrown in to define certain areas. It's small overall, but you'll see - examining it closely - that you can eliminate most of your furniture and still have everything you need and want. That's the pleasure of the Rietveld Schroderhuis: you learn from it.

It's on all the maps, not far from the Dom and other tourist destinations in Utrecht.

Rietveld was part of the movement called Stijl in Dutch, or neoplasticism. But for the layperson, the differences between this and - say - Le Corbusier or other trailblazers of the era are academic. The central notion was a return to basics in form and colour, rethinking each from start to finish.

Utrecht, of course, is just a 7 Euro train ride from Amsterdam's Schipol train station, underneath Schipol airport. The train takes maybe 20 minutes. You won't be sorry you came.

There are plenty of books on related topics to take away, including design details of Rietveld's furnishings so you can build your own.

Visited July 2013
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Stockholm, Sweden
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“Very interesting place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

It was very interesting to see the Ritveld Schroder House. A house far ahead of its time. The top floor was a real showcase of architectural ingenuity. Certainly worth a visit.

Visited July 2013
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Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

I taught me how to save space in my home.
The house is around the corner staying at Maurits Apartments.

Visited July 2013
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Alexandria, VA
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“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

The Rietveld Schröder House is well worth an hour’s time while in Utrecht. Although somewhat isolated from the other sites in Utrecht, the house has an interesting history and design. Seeing the house reminded me of some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs in the United States. Reservations to see the house are required (and can be made through the website of Utrecht’s Central Museum). There is no personal guide but rather a self-guided audio tour that usefully describes each of the rooms in the house as well as their innovative features. The “tours” begin on the hour. The Central Museum lends bikes to people so they can ride to the house, which is about 10 minutes away. All bikes must be returned by 4:45 pm, or 15 minutes before the museum closes. More time would be required – perhaps 20 to 25 minutes – to walk from the museum to the house, but bus #4 from the central station also goes by the house.

Visited July 2013
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Pourville-sur-Mer, France
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“architect rietveld is one of the greatest in the stijl”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2013

architect rietveld is one of the greatest in the stijl
the stijl also mondriaan waspart of the stijl
read about it you will disover a lot

Visited May 2013
Thank jean p
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