This map shows the current land use around the site - we have a small river, some grassland, and a tree nursery towards the north. This map shows the major changes that have been made to the city of Utrecht. The building originally faced out towards beautiful views of the countryside in 1924 - in later years this countryside has now been developed with a motorway covering most of the views that Rietveld had originally planned for Schroder and the children to enjoy.
This map shows the current infrastructure around the site - mainly roads. The most significant piece of information it does show, however, is the Waterlinieweg motorway which was built in 1963. The design of this motorway had huge ramifications on the design of the house itself as its construction destroyed the effect of being connected to nature that Rietveld had tried to hard to produce.
This maps shows the small townhouses that surround the house around Prins Hendriklaan. Above all, it shows the awkwardness of the house in relation to its surroundings. Not only does is placed at the very end of this long row of small townhomes and other buildings but its also considerably smaller than any of the surrounding buildings.
SITE CONTEXT IN 1924
The black shaded in square shows the location of the house and the surrounding buildings as it would have been in 1924. Seen is the undeveloped land surrounding the house that Rietveld spent a long time framing the view of with the southeast section of the house.
UNBUILT SITE IN 1924