Influential Architecture – Richard Meier’s Houses

Posted on October 26, 2014 · Posted in Architecture, Uncategorized

During the 1960’s and 1970’s Richard Meier designed a number of houses that quickly became among the most celebrated residential icons of the postwar era. They established Meier as an architect who took the vocabulary of modernism, removed  its harshness, and created objects of almost breathtaking beauty. His dwellings of glass, metal, and wood were almost invariably white in colour, light in feeling, and exceptionally elegant in composition. Here are a selection of the houses he has designed.


The Bodrum Houses are in Yalıkavak on the Bodrum Peninsula. There are 23 houses, each set within a 5.000 sqm plot overlooking the Yalıkavak Bay and Marina.


Construction on this home in Darien, Conn., began in 1966 and was completed in 1968. Located on one-and-a-half acres on the Long Island Sound, it is known as the Smith house for the family that commissioned it and still owns it.


Giovannitti House 1979-1983 – This 2,200 square foot home, one of Meier’s smallest residential projects is located in a residential area on a small sloping suburban site east of Pittsburgh’s town centre

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Preston House, Dallas – Howard Rachofsky encouraged and allowed Richard Meier to explore and experiment in this 10,000 square foot home on Preston Road, Dallas


1970s Richard Meier-designed Orchard Hill modernist property in Mount Kisco, New York, USA