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Rietveld Schröder

House Gerrit Rietveld (1888-1964) had never designed an entire house until Truus Schröder-Schräder (1889-1985) asked him to work with her on the building we now know as the Rietveld Schröder House in the early 1920s. She knew exactly what she wanted: simplicity, and to live life in her own way. The house is full of smart solutions, such as sliding walls that can create closed rooms or open up an entire floor. There’s an iconic corner window that can be opened up so that the corner disappears and the feeling of a balcony replaces it. A staircase is hidden behind a sliding door and side tables fold away. Rietveld incorporates his idiosyncratic ideas about active living everywhere, as is beautifully illustrated in these five design drawings from his archive.

This year, Disclosing Architecture pays special attention to restoring 190 works – mostly vulnerable tracings – from the Theo van Doesburg collection. The exhibition Atelier Nelly en Theo van Doesburg is now open in Gallery -1.

In addition, many other projects in the Disclosing Architecture programme are being initiated or further developed.

The first results, expected from the restoration studios dealing with the large bulk of design drawings, will be used to further sharpen the restoration's vision. This content will help to decide which archives will be further developed and restored.

The search portal for the collection will be upgraded for Linked Open Data, allowing increased interrelation with other heritage databases to further enrich the collection. In addition, a team of technicians, designers, and heritage professionals will launch The Other Interface, a new way to make the collection accessible to a wider audience.

Research projects into the value and significance of the collection will continue, with Rethinking the Collection reviewing policies and suggesting alternative approaches. Architectural reproductions will examine the role of the copy in the architect's design process to develop new perspectives on the collection.

Disclosing Architecture focuses primarily on the conservation, restoration and digitising of design drawings. Preparations are well under way for the archival items that are due for conservation and restoration before the beginning of 2020. During investigations into the physical condition of the archival documents, we often discover remarkable items. Read more about our archivists’ and curators’ favourite discoveries.