Gerrit Rietveld 1931
Before the construction of the
highway, Mrs. Schroder (see Rietveld's Schroder
House) had a clear view of Erasmuslaan. She purchased plot of land for
Gerrit Rietveld to develop a larger scale housing project. She thought
that by having Rietveld design housing across from her house she would
ensure a good view out of her windows. Unfortunately, she didn't have
control of the construction of the highway.
One building block consisted of
a row of four houses. Erasmuslaan 9 was part of the first block that was
built in 1930-1931. The next building block was built in 1935.
These housing blocks were very
different from the Schroder house, as the primary colors used on the
latter were replaced with white plastered walls and steel window frames.
Clad in glass and steel, the face of the building allows for the
transmission of a lot of sunlight inside the units. The design of the
housing block was inspired more by the functionalist architectural
movement around the 1930s than the De Stijl movement evident with Schroder
Erasmuslaan 9 was opened to the
public as a model home as well as a showroom used to display Rietveld's
furniture designs. The ground floor unit was made pretty open by once
again utilizing portable partitions, similar to those of the Schroder
House, to separate the rooms when required. Circulation stairs in the
center of the building create an effect of the rooms/units spinning around
the center of the building.
In 1999, Vereniging Hendrick de
Keyser purchased Erasmuslaan 9 and restored it. Using a photograph that
was taken in 1931, the Centraal Museum reconstructed the interior with
replicated and original furniture. Erasmuslaan 9 is now once again shared
with the public as a testament to the great work of Gerrit Rietveld, while
the rest of the building block is being renovated and are for rent.
Wilma Kwan 2003
How to visit
You can take bus 4 from the
central train station to the Hooghstraat, or another suggestion is to rent a
bike. If biking from the central train station, head east towards Wilhelmina
Park. Go through the park and you will be on Prins Hendriklaan. Once you
pass Gerrit Rietveldhof you will see the office for the tour on your left
hand side next to the Rietveld Schroder House.
The visit of this building at
Erasmuslaan 9 is part of the tour of the Rietveld Schroder
House. The house is open for visits and reservations are required. For
reservations please call +31 (0)30 2362 310 or fax to +31 (0)30 2332 006.
Each tour only allows a maximum of 10 people. The tour is about 1.5 hours