Breuer Houses

Author(s): Joachim Driller

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The Hungarian-born architect Marcel Breuer (1902-81) rose to prominence as a student under Walter Gropius at the Bauhaus and became head of the furniture workshop. He emigrated to the United States in 1937, where he taught at Harvard University, influencing a whole generation of practitioners. As the head of his own firm, Breuer became known for designs as diverse and powerful as the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the UNESCO headquarters in Paris and the iconic 'Wassily' chair - the first ever chair to use tubular steel, which revolutionized the furniture industry. Breuer, like many architects who work simultaneously on small- and large-scale commissions, used residential architecture as a laboratory for all of his design ideas. Not only is the quality and quantity of Breuer's residential output impressive, but when it is seen in sequence one can perceive a development of his spatial mastery and expertise. Because of their interplay of spaces and daring juxtaposition of materials, Breuer's houses have had a profound influence on residential architecture around the world and on many generations of young designers. This monograph is a comprehensive study of Breuer's house designs from 1923 to 1973. Richly illustrated with drawings, plans and archival photography, the book provides a penetrative insight into the working methods of a key twentieth-century architectural figure.


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Joachim Driller is an expert on Breuer's work. He has taught and researched at the University of Pennsylvania and at Harvard, and currently teaches at the University of Wuppertal in Germany.

Marcel Breuer, an architect of houses - a short biography; the houses of Marcel Breuer - the language of form; projects - Kleinmetalhaus, 1925; BAMBOS house, 1927; house for a Sportsman, 1931; Harnischmacjer House I, 1932; Doldertal apartments, 1936; "Gane's Pavilion", 1936; "Sea Lane House", 1838; the partnership of Gropius and Breuer; Gropius House, 1938; Breuer House I, 1939; Frank House, 1940; Chamberlain Cottage, 1941; Geller House I, 1946; Robinson House, 1948; Breuer House II, 1948; Museum Garden House, MoMA, NY, 1949; Harnismacher House II, 1954; Alworth (Starkey) House, 1955; Staehelin House, 1959; Hooper House II, 1959; Van der Wal House, 1963; Koerfer House, 1967; Saier House, 1973; Stillman House III, 1973.

General Fields

  • : 9780714838939
  • : Phaidon Press Limited
  • : Phaidon Press Ltd
  • : November 2000
  • : 210mm X 210mm X 30mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Joachim Driller
  • : BB
  • : English
  • : 728.092
  • : 272
  • : 220 bw illustrations, 100 line drawings, notes, catalogue, list, glossary, bibliography, index