I designed this house in 1923 for mrs. Truus Schröder-Schräder, who became a widow quite young, with 3 small children. She decided to radically change her lifestyle, bought a piece of property at the edge of the city of Utrecht and asked me to design a house that would show her as a woman who was coping just fine by herself, having turned her back to society.
This house was my first big project and I used many style elements as described in the manifest of "De Stijl", a group of architects and artists.
The big windows let in much light, and the top floor was without real walls, turning the top floor into one big room by day. In the evening, sliding walls devided the room into bedrooms for the children and mrs Schröder. If you look close at the interior shot, you might discover the rails for the walls...
The building is composed of flat surfaces, with various shades of grey suggesting depth. Though the building was made of ordinary bricks, the plaster now gives it a clean look, denying existance of the materials used.
I even got some inspiration for the interior from fellow "De Stijl" members, as you can no doubt recognize.
Primary colours are used throughout to highlight certain structural elements.
This is how it now looks, with the footpath in front of the house, the older house next to it forms a nice backdrop.
This is really awesome, great shaping and details, I like it a lot! The fact that you built also the house besides (or at least a wall of it) to emphasize the contrast between Rietveld's revolutionary design and ordinary architecture is fantastic. I must say I don't understand why there are so few lego modern architecture buildings (in minifig scale, that is) since your MOC definitely shows that it's quite a legoish thing!
hey I'm from Utrecht - you've done an excellent job here! Actually I don't really like the real version of the house and I find the interest for it a bit overrated - but well, with that squarey look it just asks for a Lego version of cousre, and you did it very well, cool!