Rietveld Pavilion, Kröller-Müller Sculpture Garden--page one (of 2 pages)

Gerrit Rietveld
designed 1955 for an open-air exhibition in Arnhem; rebuilt in the Sculpture Garden, 1965

This open structure was designed in 1955 for Sonsbeek Park in Arnheim for the exhibition of small sculptures. In 1965 it was rebuilt in the sculpture garden of the Kröller-Müller Museum on a site Rietveld himself selected.
This building has the simplicity and geometric qualities characteristic of De Stijl architecture. Around a central space (12 by 12 meters) Rietveld arranged three corridor-like open galleries. The materials of the construction are clearly evident: concrete block brick, glass, and metal beams.
See Barbara Hepworth's sculpture in and around this pavilion.

Partially closed/partially open spaces

Not only is the transition easy within the structure, but the open structure suggests a relationship between nature and the built environment.

Concrete block brick for the walls

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See also Rietveld's Schröder House in Utrecht and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

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