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The Rietveld-Schröder house
The Rietveld-Schröder house was built in 1924. The design was by Gerrit Rietveld, an architect who was part of the movement "De Stijl"
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Welcome, my name is Gerrit Rietveld and I'd like to show you around my most famous creation, the Rietveld-Schröder house




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.



Even today my work lives on, it's the only house in the world that's on the UNESCO list and you can visit it as part of the Rietveld tour arranged by the Centraal Museum of Utrecht



Comments

Jan-Albert van Ree
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Chris Melby
  July 6, 2012
Followed Nick here, awesome MOC, super clean, brand new bricks, and ultra clean build. Very nice, this should have gotten way more attention, no doubt!
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  May 19, 2012
Incredible. I stumbled upon this in doing research to build my own version. I won't better this in a million years! Very well done - it's beautiful.
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  February 11, 2012
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!
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  October 8, 2010
youve don awesome at making that historic house
Jan-Albert van Ree
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erik smit
  September 17, 2008
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!
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  June 15, 2008
Lego version looks better than the original. Probably cause its alot more colorful.
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  May 21, 2006
As an architecture student, I'm glad to finally see a modern building done beautifully in LEGO.
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  April 12, 2006
This is an absolutely stunning house. I am in awe of it.
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  April 12, 2006
Really excellent! What a wonderful house to model in Lego. Well Done.
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  April 10, 2006
I know it was a huge egg to lay, but you did it! Compliments! Looks like the real thing, and more praise I reserve for when I see the model in real ;) Casper
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  April 10, 2006
I used to bike right past this house for 5+ years, pretty much every day on my way to classes! Excellent work! Paul
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  April 9, 2006
The details of this architectural study are incredible. Nicely done!
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  April 9, 2006
Wow! This is a really cool house! I'd want to see it in person, but it looks like it from the pictures! Great job!
 
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