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Architect Richard Meier
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Location Long Island, New York
Date 1969 to 1971   timeline
Building Type house
Climate temperate
Context suburban
Style Modern
Notes "House in Old Westbury". grid of columns, parallel planes. horizontal white cubiods set in great lawn.
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Discussion Weinstein House Commentary

In this house for an unusually large family, a clear circulation system was considered critical. Private spaces are rigid, facing the grove of trees on the property, while the free plan public spaces with their vast glass expanses fronts a large lawn and reflective pond. Shielded from view, the visitor approaches obliquely, a seventy-five degree turn aligning one with the house's main axis.

— Darlene Levy. Reference: Richard Meier. Richard Meier: Architect 1964-1984. p55

The Creator's Words

“Whiteness is one of the characteristic qualities of my work; I use it to clairfy architectural concepts and heighten the power of visual form. It aids me in my primary preoccupation, which is the molding of space and light—not abstract space, not scaleless space, but space whose definition and order are related to nature and context, to human scale, and to the culture of architecture. My raw materials are not only volume and surface, light and form, changes of scale and view, movement and stasis. They are also the physical and functional elements of construction themselves. I am deeply concerned with the making of a building, and prefer to think of myself more as a master builder than as an artist; I believe the art of architecture ultimately demands this. The history of architecture provides a constant repository of inspiration for my work as well, because part of the significance of any building derives from the awareness of the past that it encompasses, the way it embodes values of permanence, continuity, and therefore quality.”

— Richard Meier. from Richard Meier. Richard Meier: Architect 1964-1984. p9.

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Marcus Whiffen and Frederick Koeper. American Architecture, Volume 1. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1984. exterior photo, f332, p417.

Francis D. K. Ching. Architecture: Form, Space, and Order. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1979. ISBN 0-442-21535-5. plans, p159.

William S. Saunders. Modern Architecture—Photographs by Ezra Stoller. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3816-2. exterior photos, day and night, p211. — A wonderful & inspiring book of beautiful photographs by a true master of architectural photography. Available at Amazon.com

Peter Gössel and Gabriele Leuthäuser. Architecture in the Twentieth Century. Germany: Benedikt Taschen Verlag, 1991. ISBN 3-8228-0550-5. exterior photos and plan and section drawings, p282-283. section, p283. plan of the first floor, p283.

Richard Meier. Richard Meier, Architect: 1964-1984. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1984. ISBN 0-8478-0496-8. LC 83-42911. NA737.M44A4 1984. p9, 55.

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