Smith House by Richard Meier
by Chee Choon
Richard Meier's Smith House set on the craggy coast of Long Island Sound in Darien, Connecticut. Smith House is a modernist lighthouse of transparent geometry. The structure is derived from a white prism that emerges between the trees and creating a strong visual contrast. Meier also worked at carving the house out of the basic cubic base with operations of addition and subtraction. The reverse side is treated as a closed facade, with small openings, while the front is an open facade with large glass panels offering extensive views over the horizon. While the spatial organization of the house hinges on the programmatic separation between public and private areas. Elements, the pristine white exterior, expanses of plate glass framed by finely proportioned piers and mullions, and minimal interiors creating intersecting volumes.
The house itself has a typical framework that is the identification of all possible regulating lines in plans and façade and the examinations of the characteristics of the emergent shapes and configurations of regulating lines. For rectangular geometries that proceeds along extensions of walls provides grids and shapes with special characteristics such as GOLDEN-SECTION-RECTANGLE. All regulating lines provide several alternative partitioning of the house and they are clearly based on the geometry of rectangle. These rectangle come up with various sizes and dimensions depending on what is subsumed under them. Still, every façade can be coming up with few squares and rectangles that fully fulfill the requirements of golden-section rectangle. These principles shows that Smith House is designed proportionally in every façade, adding with the use of white Neo-Corbusian forms with enameled panels and glass, creates a very organized and harmony residential building.