Rietveld Schröder House is an iconic masterpiece of the architecture world. Although, to the average public, it is just a pretty house. The house is of huge importance to designers worldwide.
Have a glimpse of Dutch architecture…
archatlas: Stijn Poelstra’s Photographs the Schröder House Photographer Stijn Poelstra has captured the abstract proportions and primary colours of a Gerrit Rietveld-designed Schröder House in Utrecht. Deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site, the house in the Netherlands was designed by the Dutch furniture designer and architect in 1924. Rietveld was part of the De Stijl art movement pioneered by abstract artists Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg. Their work was characterised by a rigid geometry of horizontal and vertical lines using a limited palette of black, white, yellow, red and blue.
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Let’s face it, Utrecht hardly sounds like an attractive destination – the word is like something urban, industrial and grimy.
But I couldn’t have been more wrong because Utrecht is possibly the prettiest canal city in Europe.
It reminded me of a cross between Bruges and Amsterdam, but without the heaving crowds.
The medieval city centre is small enough to explore on foot, but large enough to attract world-class festivals, hip shops and cafes, fascinating museums, inspiring architects and designers.
In the spring, the squares and green spaces are filled with flowers and it makes Utrecht a refreshing destination for a weekend break and a great place to recharge your batteries after the long winter.
This year is the ideal time to visit as Utrecht is celebrating 100 years of the De Stijl art movement.
“Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.” _ World Heritage Center – UNESCO
World Heritage Sites are natural or built landmarks, from all over the world, which have been deemed valuable to humanity by the UNESCO. The UNESCO selects these sites based on a list of 10 selection criteria. If the building satisfies just one of them then it can be included in the World Heritage List. The 10 selection criteria are divided into cultural and natural criteria. The cultural criteria, for example, include points like: “to represent a masterpiece of human creative genius;” and “to be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history.”