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A Look at Richard Meier's Iconic Lambert House

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Constructed in 1961, Richard Meier’s first residential project is a nascent example of the modern prefab typology.
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  “Saul, being an artist, had a strong idea about what he liked and didn’t like. He wanted light, clean spaces, and that’s what Richard Meier was able to do.” — Joanna Underwood. Photo courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects.
    “Saul, being an artist, had a strong idea about what he liked and didn’t like. He wanted light, clean spaces, and that’s what Richard Meier was able to do.” — Joanna Underwood. Photo courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects.
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  When illustrator and artist Saul Lambert approached Richard Meier with a budget of about $10,000, the architect turned to a Michigan prefabricated log cabin manufacturer: “I figured, if they could do it for a log cabin, they could do it for a modern home!” Photo courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects.
    When illustrator and artist Saul Lambert approached Richard Meier with a budget of about $10,000, the architect turned to a Michigan prefabricated log cabin manufacturer: “I figured, if they could do it for a log cabin, they could do it for a modern home!” Photo courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects.
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  The wall of windows and simple floor plan appealed to Lambert so much that he kept a snapshot of the house on his studio’s bulletin board for years after selling it. Photo courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects.
    The wall of windows and simple floor plan appealed to Lambert so much that he kept a snapshot of the house on his studio’s bulletin board for years after selling it. Photo courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects.
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  Onsite assembly of the structure was finished in a mere nine days. Photo courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects.
    Onsite assembly of the structure was finished in a mere nine days. Photo courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects.
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  Lambert's widow, Joanna Underwood, sent Dwell a photo of the house ("now old and faded") that the artist kept on the wall of his studio until his death in 2009.
    Lambert's widow, Joanna Underwood, sent Dwell a photo of the house ("now old and faded") that the artist kept on the wall of his studio until his death in 2009.

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