Home Designed by Marcel Breuer Marries Modern Look, Outdoors

Architect Marcel Breuer described his homes as “binuclear” because he used a central hallway to separate public and private spaces, but connected them with the unique use of window and flooring designs.  [[SLIDE]]

The Boston Globe
July 6, 2014 7:00 AM

In a career that spanned decades and the world, Modernist architect Marcel Breuer designed college campuses, furniture, the Whitney Museum of American Art, UNESCO headquarters in Paris — and this home, astonishingly unchanged some 60 years after it was built.

Breuer — who also taught at Harvard University with Walter Gropius — called his homes “binuclear’’ because he used a central hallway to separate public and private spaces, but knitted them together with common elements: Flooring throughout this home, what architectural historians call the Grieco House, is comprised of irregularly shaped slabs of varying colors of slate that alternate with light beige carpet. And the windows, all of which slide open, are large plates of glass that connect the interior to the landscaped grounds.

The living room and kitchen share a wall that on one side offers built-in bookshelves (altered to accommodate a television) and a fireplace of rough-hewn stone and formed concrete, and, on the other, a wood-fired grill. The galley kitchen features an electric cooktop on a plank of reddish wood, a skylight, and an institutional-looking stainless-steel counter with double sink. An office area with a mahogany desk shares space with a large refrigerator.

Original built-in furniture of mahogany and oak is nestled throughout the house, including a desk area at the entrance to the master suite and closet cabinetry.

The focal point of the sleeping area in the main-floor master is the wall of windows that looks out over and offers access to the stone patio and backyard. The second bedroom is smaller but features its own wall of windows with the same view. The third bedroom, on the lower level, looks out onto a garden area, which has a fountain (home to bright-green frogs). The two bathrooms on the main floor, including the one in the master suite, are clad in small multicolored mosaic tiles.

The lot includes a large rectangle of downward-sloping grass reached via floating stairway from the broad patio.

The listing broker is Navid Nickpour of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Andover. An offer has been accepted.

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