Thursday, December 18, 2014

Rietveld Schröder House

In yesterday's post I mentioned the Rietveld Schröder House (here in LEGO form by Nick Barrett). Gerrit Rietveld was a Dutch designer and architect and a proponent of De Stijl ("The Style"), or Neoplasticism, which brought things down to their essential form, used only primary colors and black and white, and featured mainly vertical and horizontal lines (e.g. the work of Mondrian). In 1924 he designed this house for Mrs. Truus Schröder-Schräder, implementing the design concepts of De Stijl. It was also unique in that she wanted there to be no walls, so the upstairs is one open room with sliding and rotating panels that can divide it up into separate living spaces when wanted, or moved aside to make one big room (as you can see in Barrett's model). Here's another rendition of the house by Jan-Albert van Ree.

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