Chareau House

As an architecture student, few buildings influenced and excited me as much as the glass house designed in the late twenties by architect Pierre Chareau. It was a model for housing in the machine age, a stunning urban glass and steel box. Nicolai Ouroussoff describes it in the New York Times as "a lyrical machine whose theatricality is the antithesis of the dry functionalist aesthetic that reigned through much of the 20th century."

It was inaccessible, in the hands of the original owner's family, until it was sold to Robert Rubin, a personal hero for his rescue and restoration of the Maison Tropicale.. Now he is applying the same treatment to the Chareau House: careful restoration of systems, even leaving worn flooring and finishes for authenticity, rather than the usual gut and drop in the Sub-Zeros and Agas.

The world needs more architectural innovation like the Chareau House, and more Robert Rubins to save such masterpieces. ::New York Times

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