Friday, August 6

Mies inspired East Hamptons house?

This house in the Hamptons (picture and review by the NY Times) reminds me tremendously of Mies' Farnsworth House on the Fox River, South of Chicago that I posted about recently. It's beautiful, minimal, mostly glass and most amazingly cost a fraction of the cost of equivelent houses it's size in the Hamptons. (Only a one or two million.) The architect even mentions the Mies influence (only in the slide show), however he does not specifically mention the Farnsworth House. The primary inspiration was in fact not Mies at all, but the Maison de Verre in Paris.
"...Mr. Haverland has designed for himself a modernist home with soaring interiors, a loft in the woods modeled after the Maison de Verre, a house designed in 1932 by Pierre Chareau that has a cultlike following. (In 1946, Mr. Chareau built a house for Robert Motherwell in East Hampton incorporating two Quonset huts. It was demolished in 1985.) The Maison de Verre, with walls made of hundreds of glass blocks, has an enduring modern elegance, like a Barcelona chair or a Florence Knoll sofa. Its industrial candor, with perforated metal screens and exposed girders has acquired a graceful patina with time."
Slide Show
A Loft in the Woods - NY Times

The New York Times > Home & Garden > The House That Homework Built

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