Stahl House or Case Study House #22 by Pierre Koenig. The modern residence overlooks Los Angeles from the Hollywood Hills. It was completed in 1959 for Buck Stahl and his family. Buck Stahl had envisioned a modernist glass and steel constructed house that offered panoramic views of Los Angeles.
The Stahl house was fairly unknown until 1960, when Julius Shulman captured a night shot of two women sitting in the living room overlooking the bright lights of the city of Los Angeles. Today the Stahl house is one of the most famous modern homes anywhere, thanks to Julius Shulman's classic shot.
Norman Foster: "If I had to choose one snapshot, one architectural moment, of which I would like to have been the author, this is surely it."
Structure: Steel frame, with exposed ceiling of steel decking. The roof is covered with composition roofing and gravel. Walls are glass and steel decking. Interior walls are faced with insulated wallboard. Steel caissons support the house, on a steep and tricky site.
Steel allowed Koenig to create a house that appears almost immaterial. Inside, nothing is allowed to block views—not suspended kitchen cabinetry nor the see-through fireplace. Steel beams and decking provide south- and west-facing overhangs that control summer sun.
The private and public sectors are connected by a hallway. Compositionally adjacent is the swimming pool that one must cross in order to get into the house; it is not only a spatial division of public and private but its serves as the interstitial space that one must pass through in order to experience the panoramic views. The living space of the house is set back behind the pool and is the only part of the house that has a solid wall.
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