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Supermodern 1920′s Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht is a Simple, Elegant and Completely Transformable Home

Posted By Ana Lisa On November 2, 2012 @ 10:49 am In Architecture,Daylighting,Transforming Furniture | No Comments

Rietveld Schröderhuis, Utrech, The Netherlands, Ana Lisa Alperovich, Piet Mondrian, Mrs. Truus Schröder-Schräder, Gerrit Rietveld, De Stijl's, Piet Mondrian, Red and Blue Chair, Dutch design, minimalistic, museum, UNESCO, opo-up furniture, sliding walls, cork floor, natural light, modern architecture, Architecture, Daylighting, Transforming Furniture

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 [7]—the Rietveld Schröderhuis is visually very simple with its use of primary colors and geometric shapes. The outside-inside [8]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 [9] 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 [10] was used to sitting at the kitchen’s table while functional glazed food cabinets have been painted black only where they would get dirty.

Rietveld Schröderhuis, Utrech, The Netherlands, Ana Lisa Alperovich, Piet Mondrian, Mrs. Truus Schröder-Schräder, Gerrit Rietveld, De Stijl's, Piet Mondrian, Red and Blue Chair, Dutch design, minimalistic, museum, UNESCO, opo-up furniture, sliding walls, cork floor, natural light, modern architecture, Architecture, Daylighting, Transforming Furniture

Upstairs, three bedrooms and a living room area around a central staircase and fireplace can be dynamically turned into a open big open space when opening wide up the sliding the walls. The house only has essential beautiful objects like the Red and Blue Chair [11], surprising pop-up tables [12] like one next to a bed for only keeping water and a clock and beds that becomes sofas during the day, all for “an active attitude to life”. An exuberant experiment, a modern piece of architecture or just a home for a strong woman who knew exactly how she wanted to live, the Rietveld Schröderhuis is now a museum that can be visited with advanced reservation.

+ Rietveld Schröderhuis [4]

Photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat

Interior Photos © Kim Zwarts and Ernst Moritz


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[3] transformable: http://inhabitat.com/led-trask-light-from-mio/

[4] Rietveld Schröderhuis: http://centraalmuseum.nl/bezoeken/locaties/rietveld-schroederhuis/

[5] Gerrit Rietveld: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerrit_Rietveld

[6] De Stijl: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Stijl

[7] Piet Mondrian: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piet_Mondrian

[8] outside-inside : http://inhabitat.com/outside-in-house-by-takeshi-hosaka-brings-nature-inside-with-lush-garden-floors/

[9] cork: http://inhabitat.com/shelter-bygg-is-a-giant-red-cloud-shelter-made-from-renewable-cork/

[10] Zig Zag chair: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zig-Zag_Chair

[11] Red and Blue Chair: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_and_blue_chair

[12] pop-up tables: http://inhabitat.com/tomas-alonsos-a-side-table-saves-space-by-collapsing-in-a-snap/

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