Walter Gropius, German architect and founder of the Bauhaus School, is a particular icon to me. When the Bauhaus was closed by the Nazis in Germany, Gropius moved to the USA to further his work. He wanted his first commission in the United States, the Hagerty House, to be as close to the sea as possible. He sited the structure a precarious 20 feet from the shore and let the setting dictate the design.
The design is extremely clean and fresh – the embodiment of the Bauhaus style we all know.
Via Iain Claridge.