Classic Modern Thrives at Redelco HouseSuzanne Stephens
As one recent project by Pugh+Scarpa demonstrates, the Los Angeles version of the classic Modern house is still thriving — glamorously so. The city's most memorable houses always seem to be perched high on the crest of a verdant hill where their taut, planar glass walls open out expansively to breathtaking views of surrounding mountains, valleys, and often the Pacific Ocean. Modernist architecture was made for L.A.'s dramatic topography, lush vegetation, and mild climate, as Frank Lloyd Wright, Rudolf Schindler, and Richard Neutra discovered in the 1920s when designing their iconic residences for adventurous arts patrons. Later, in the post–World War II years, the Case Study House program, conceived by John Entenza, publisher and editor of Arts and Architecture magazine, proved that an audience for more modest, economical examples awaited. The spare, linear houses by Raphael Soriano, Pierre Koenig, Charles Eames, and Neutra, among others, promulgated indoor-outdoor living by taking advantage of the latest developments in glass and steel technology.
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