Rietveld Schröder House
Rietveld Schröder House
isit Rietveld’s architectural masterpiece in Utrecht and see why this house is now a UNESCO world heritage site.
Designed in 1924 by Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld (1888-1964), the Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht is a UNESCO World Heritage site, considered the architectural masterpiece of modern art movement De Stijl. Throughout 2017 the house is a focal point of the Mondrian to Dutch Design celebrations, marking 100 years of De Stijl.
- An icon of modern architecture, built in 1924 to the principles of the De Stijl art movement.
- The house was awarded protected UNESCO World Heritage status in 2000.
- Book a one-hour guided tour to explore the insides of the house.
Home is where Rietveld’s art is
The Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht was commissioned in 1924 by widowed art patron Truus Schröder-Schrader, who admired Rietveld’s work and asked him to design a family home. The resulting building is an homage to the principles of the De Stijl art movement of which Rietveld was a key member: a three-dimensional, asymmetrical composition that plays with seamless transitions between inside and out, a bold primary colour scheme, and flexible living spaces transformed by sliding partitions.
Now under the ownership of Utrecht’s Centraal Museum, the house has been thoughtfully restored to its original state and furnished with several Rietveld pieces, including the Red and Blue Chair (1917) and Zig Zag chair (1934).
Rietveld & De Stijl
One of the principle members of the De Stijl art movement, Gerrit Rietveld was born in Utrecht in 1888 as the son of a joiner. By 1917 Rietveld had his own furniture workshop in Utrecht, from which he designed his iconic Red and Blue Chair. Intended to be eventually mass-produced, the chair aimed for simplicity in its construction, eventually taking on the primary colour scheme of De Stijl in 1919.
In 1924, Rietveld was invited to exhibit at the Bauhaus, and made inroads into architecture, designing the Rietveld Schröder House. This buiding became the architectural showpiece of De Stijl, resembling a three-dimensional, life-sized realisation of a Piet Mondrian composition. The house is globally recognised as the most influential domestic building of the early modern period due to its radical approach to design and the use of space. Its lasting influence can still be felt in architecture to this day.
Many of Rietveld’s most celebrated works, including the Red and Blue Chair, can be viewed at the Centraal Museum and in the Rietveld Schröder House – the former being home to the largest collection of Rietveld objects in the world.
Rietveld Schröder and 100 years of De Stijl
The Rietveld Schröder House is a living manifesto of the artistic ideals of De Stijl. In 2017 it will be a focal point of the Mondrian to Dutch Design celebrations, marking 100 years of De Stijl with a series of special events and exhibitions. The Centraal Museum will organise a major exhibition about the Rietveld Schröderhuis and Rietveld’s architectural work.
Aside from the house, Rietveld’s architectural legacy can be seen in many places in Utrecht. Discover these throughout 2017 via special cycling and walking routes organised by the Centraal Museum.
More to see in Utrecht
With 2,000 years of history, the ancient city of Utrecht abounds in architectural delights. From the spires and cobbles of its medieval centre to the modern, award-winning buildings of the Utrecht Science Park, and the many masterpieces on display in the Centraal Museum, Utrecht is one of the most inspiring visitor destinations in the Netherlands for fans of architecture and design.
Visit the Rietveld Schröder House
See for yourself how this renowned house plays with flexible spaces, colours and lines in a one-hour guided tour. Be sure to book in advance and request an English tour. A ticket to the Rietveld Schröder House also gives you access to the Centraal Museum on the same day, where you can find out more about Rietveld’s work.
Discover the legacy of Rietveld in Utrecht with special cycling and walking routes around the city during the centenary celebrations of De Stijl. Information about guided and self-guided tours is available from the visitor information centre in Utrecht.
Don’t miss the rare chance to see inside the gatehouse of Slot Zuylen Castle, which houses many early examples of Rietveld’s furniture designs. Normally closed to the public, this intimate space will be open to guided tours from 22 April until 24 September 2017.