Marcel Breuer “House in the Garden” (Lauck House, 1950)

Princeton, NJ United States


Project Description

2009 RADA

Restoration / Preservation / Merit

A few judicious moves reclaimed this vintage Marcel Breuer home, whose design was based on a house he exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art in 1949. Architects Sara Segal, LEED AP, and Rafi Segal restored the house for themselves, using archival research as a guide in stripping paint from plywood walls, rebuilding partitions, and restoring window profiles.

The Rockefeller Foundation, which owns the exhibit house, supplied a color analysis keyed to today's paint colors. “Breuer had a special blue that was a combination of blue, white, and gray,” says Rafi Segal. “The white has a bit of yellow in it, and these nuances make a huge difference.”

“This house could easily have been torn down,” a judge said of the restoration's rigor. “It's a good precedent that they kept it.”


Project Details

Marcel Breuer “House in the Garden” (Lauck House, 1950)
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Project Team:
    Sara Segal, Rafi Segal, Principals In Charge / Project Architects.
  • General Contractor: Chris Brenner 
  • General Contractor: Brenner Painting 
  • Photography: Jeff Tryon 

Specified Products

Countertops: DuPont (Zodiaq); Flooring (Carpet): Texstyle; Flooring (Ceramic Tile/Stone/Concrete): ARDEX Engineered Cements, Dal-Tile Corp.; Hardware: Blaine Window Hardware; Kitchen Fittings: DuPont; Kitchen Fixtures: Grohe America; Paints/Stains/Wall Finishes: The Sherwin-Williams Co.; Refrigerator: Viking Range Corp.



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