Rietveld Schröder Huis (2000)
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The Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht was commissioned by Ms Truus Schröder-Schräder, designed by the architect Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, and built in 1924. 

The Netherlands 1969. World Cultural Heritage. Family house built 1924 by the architect Gerrit Rietveld.

This small family house, with its interior, the flexible spatial arrangement, and the visual and formal qualities, was a manifesto of the ideals of the De Stijl group of artists and architects in the Netherlands in the 1920s, and has since been considered one of the icons of the Modern Movement in architecture.

With its radical approach to design and the use of space, the Rietveld Schröderhuis occupies a seminal position in the development of architecture in the modern age. 

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld (1888-1964) was a Dutch architect and furniture designer, whose work is among the best associated with the movement called De Stijl. His earliest work, the famous red-blue chair (1918), is constructed of red and blue plywood panels in a black and yellow frame in a geometric design that is a three-dimensional equivalent of the work of the most renowned De Stijl painter, Piet Mondrian. 

The Schröder House (1924, Utrecht, Netherlands), Rietveld's most important architectural design, embodies Mondrian's ideal of “pure, balanced relationships” in its asymmetrical arrangement of vertical and horizontal planes in masonry and glass. His later designs for dwellings and for municipal and commercial buildings carried the De Stijl aesthetic through the 1950s. 

Source: Microsoft Encarta 2002. 

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