Colour, Form and Space

Rietveld Schröder House Challenging the Future

The Rietveld Schröder House of 1924 is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its radical innovation in domestic architecture. Developed by renowned Dutch architect and furniture designer Gerrit Rietveld for his client Truus Schröder-Schräder, the residence is the first large-scale declaration of De Stijl design ideals. The house is now maintained by the Centraal Museum Foundation, but Rietveld’s experimental use of materials, combined with the wear-and-tear from thousands of visitors each year, creates a demanding maintenance schedule.

The Rietveld Schröder House, 2015 [photo M.T. van Thoor]

The Getty grant supported the development of a conservation management plan that balances sensitivity to the architect’s design intent with the building’s complex conservation needs. The project included an oral history that captures the knowledge of one of Rietveld’s assistants, who played a pivotal role in past interventions to the home, as well as the broad dissemination of the project research through a free online publication.



The Getty Foundation


Keeping it Modern Grant

Overall budget:


Grant amount:

Contribution to TU Delft: â‚¬120.000

Role TU Delft: 

Project partner

Project duration:

December 2015 - December 2018

TU Delft researchers:

Dr. Marie-Thérèse van Thoor
Dr. Barbara Lubelli
Prof.Ir. Rob van Hees
Ir. Sander Pasterkamp
Prof.Dr.Ir. Andy van den Dobbelsteen

Project partners

Stichting Centraal Museum