Utrecht

Giant Lego House

more than a year ago

Architecture enthusiasts shouldn’t leave Utrecht without visiting the Rietveld-Schröder house, a remarkable building that’s been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since the year 2000.
Nearly a century ago in 1924, Utrecht-born Gerrit Rietveld (1888 - 1964) designed this artistic masterpiece. He was commissioned by the 35-year-old recently widowed Truus Schröder to design a domestic building. It was custom-made to fit her newly acquired trendy or, according to some, eccentric lifestyle. Modern features included sliding walls, tricks with colours, maximised functionality in every room, a strange peep hole, remarkable furniture and a beautiful corner window. Even now the building is considered to be a one-of-a-kind example of The Style, a Dutch art movement dating to the beginning of the 20th century. However, from the outside many people say it looks like an enormous Lego building.
This architectural wonder is only a 10-minute bike ride from the historic city centre of Utrecht, but you must reserve a visiting time in advance. To give every visitor a chance to discover the house properly, the number of guests is limited. You can make a reservation via its website (open Wed - Sun: 5 tours a day with a maximum of 12 people per tour). The accompanying audio guide is available in seven languages. You can also visit an additional two museums (the Centraal Museum and the Dick Bruna House) with the house’s €12 admission ticket and you can ride to the Rietveld-Schröder House in East on a trendy bike. A handy map makes it an easy trip to Erasmuslaan 9.

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