|The Rietveld-Schroder House, Utrecht, Netherlands. |
(The dark mound on the roof is the house next door.)
|Truus Schroder and Gerrit Rietveld|
--a collaboration so close that after the death
of his wife, Rietveld moved in with her.
De Stijl (the style) furniture designer, Gerrit Rietveld. Rietveld had never designed a house before, which was just as well, in that what Truus Schroder wanted in the way of a home was very little like any house ever designed before. Her tastes were modern, and her lifestyle demanded flexibility (raising three kids tends toward that need).
|Notice that each space on the ground floor has its own outside access. |
The word "room" never appears in any of the plans. They're activity areas.
|The second-floor plan with sliding partitions fully deployed.|
|Second-floor plan featuring one large, open space.|
|Rietveld's corner windows were likely a first, an influence for Frank Lloyd Wright?|
|Every woman wants to see the kitchen. There was a dumbwaiter to the second floor.|
Located on the ground floor, with three kids, the kitchen was probably seldom this neat.