Richard Meier’s work is influenced by European modernism of the 1920s and he has successfully pushed its boundaries to create livelier more lyrical buildings. Here, he has crafted a home whose beauty is in its powerful sense of restraint.
This house is a three-story rectangular box, with a garage on the bottom level, cut into a sloping site. A grey granite staircase rises from the garage level to the front door. With the lowest level as a semi basement the house appears as two instead of three stories high. It is clad in white enamelled-aluminium panels and glass with a strong horizontal emphasis.
The house is screened by a façade of white panels on the street side with strategic openings to admit sunlight. The other side, facing the gardens is largely glazed admitting the light and revealing the views of the fields beyond.
Interior walls are painted white and the floors are dark-grey granite. There is natural light throughout. The owners who live in the house find it wonderful in the light and different every season—”every day really,” the wife says. “When we first moved in, we couldn’t believe we were living inside all of this beauty.”