In the late 1890s, the city began to expand westward, beyond the ancient limits to create new neighborhoods for increasing population. Neighbourhoods such as Oog in Al were planned and designed by architects such as H.P. Berlage. As Utrecht was rapidly expanding, Rietveld and Truus Schroder chose the location of the house to be just at the edge of the city - right in between the comforts of the countryside at the outskirts of Utrecht and bustle of the city. This relationship was very important to Schroder as she wanted her children to be exposed to countryside but she still wanted it to be easy for them to visit their friends in the city.
|A view of the Oudegracht Canal in Utrecht.|
The Domkerk Tower, Utrecht.
Utrecht University (taken from Flickr user: allaboutouni2307).