Gallery: Supermodern 1920′s Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht is a Sim...

Wouldn't it be great if we could easily transform our homes to suit the weather, our mood or simply our changing practical needs? Perhaps one of the first—and still quite extraordinary—examples of transformable architecture is the Rietveld Schröderhuis, built in Utrecht in 1924. Custom-designed by Gerrit Rietveld for Mrs. Truus Schröder-Schräder and her three children after the death of her husband, this beautifully functional home follows De Stijl's principles of harmonious order and incorporates bold primary colors and geometric shapes while adapting to its inhabitants' needs and lifestyle.

To make this classic adaptable home, Rietveld worked side by side with Mrs. Schroder trying to please her and her notions of living without walls and having a strong inside-outside connection. The only building ever designed to follow the basis of De Stijl movement—made famous by Piet Mondrian—the Rietveld Schröderhuis is visually very simple with its use of primary colors and geometric shapes. The outside-inside boundaries seem to blur, thanks to its many windows that open up completely to welcome nature indoors.

The simple and straightforward house was made using long-lasting, affordable and standard materials like concrete, glass and wood, with floors made from rubber and even some small cork areas in the bedrooms, for standing when getting out of bed. A doorbell and a long horizontal window that only open a small area to receive the post straight to the working desk inside. A Zig Zag chair was used to sitting at the kitchen’s table while functional glazed food cabinets have been painted black only where they would get dirty.


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