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It is fascinating to see the transformation from his early years which were heavily influenced by his mentor, Frank Lloyd Wright, to the architecture of his later years.
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Frank Lloyd Wright with his apprentices at Taliesin. John Lautner sits behind Wright. Lautner Opens His Own Practice Through small projects handed down from Wright and the build of his own house, Lautner would establish his own practice in Los Angles.
Lautner's work is especially significant for its radical expansion of both the technical and spatial vocabulary of domestic architecture. He achieved this through his use of the latest building technologies and materials, e.
There is absolutely no dogma in Lautner's attitude to materials; as a result he never subordinates the design concept of his buildings to any rigid rule that would require the primacy of a single material in a project.
Even where he demanded rigorous continuity and integrity, as with wood in the Walstrom House and concrete at Marbrisa He was happy to bring together wood and concrete It is ironic that, although famous Lautner works like the Carling and Harpel houses, the Chemosphere and the Sheats Goldstein Residence have become inextricably linked with Los Angeles in the public imagination, Lautner repeatedly expressed his dislike of California.
In his oral history interviews he was highly critical of the standard of architecture in Los Angeles, and idealised the rural Michigan environment of his youth, as he recalled in My childhood, I had a hundred miles of beaches, private beaches, you know: no people, no nothing.
I mean, just go swimming anywhere you want, and no problem. The coast here to me is just ugly, you know, it's crazy. Malibu is nothing to me, it's just crazy.
Oh it was depressing. I mean, when I first drove down Santa Monica Boulevard, it was so ugly I was physically sick for the first year I was here.
Because after living in Arizona and Michigan and Wisconsin, mostly out in the country, and mostly with good architecture If you tried to figure out how to make a row of buildings ugly, you couldn't do it any better than it's been done [here].
I mean they're just ugly, naturally ugly, all the way. There isn't a single, legitimate, good-looking thing anywhere. In , Lautner had just finished working with Frank Lloyd Wright and was trying to establish himself.
He set out to build his first house on 25 feet of filled hillside in the Silver Lake area. The patio is the top level; next, the kitchen and dining area; at the bottom of the house is the living room.
The house has a ceiling of redwood plywood , kitchen counters of mahogany , and walls and floors of bagac, an African wood.
Lautner lived there for only two years and never built another for himself. One of Lautner's most significant early works, this house embodies many of his central design concerns and includes key features that he would continue to explore and develop throughout his career.
It was also important as the project that united him with builder John de la Vaux. At his wife's suggestion de la Vaux approached Lautner and offered to build the Carling House, and they sealed the deal with a handshake.
As de La Vaux recounted in the Lautner documentary, the project was briefly halted by a rare snowstorm that dumped more than six inches of snow on the Hollywood area.
This design, and the house's hillside situation, combine to afford degree views across Los Angeles. This is an idea he revisited with the Turner Residence in Aspen.
There is also a swimming pool that partly intrudes into the living area under a sheet of plate glass, a feature that he revisited to even greater effect in the Elrod House.
The Carling House has become one Lautner's most celebrated designs and marked the beginning of his fruitful collaboration with de la Vaux, which lasted through seven major projects, including the famous "Chemosphere".
Although best known for his residential commissions, Lautner was also an important contributor to the commercial genre known as Googie architecture.
Alan Hess , author of Googie Redux: Ultramodern Roadside Architecture records Lautner's contributions to a new car-oriented architecture developing in Southern California by architects such as Lloyd Wright and Wayne McAllister from the s on; Lautner's Coffee Dans, Henry's, and Googies defined an architectural approach to scale, signage, and commercial interior spaces.
The term "Googie architecture" was coined in by noted "House and Home" editor Douglas Haskell after he spotted the Lautner-designed Googie's Coffee Shop while driving through Hollywood with renowned architectural photographer Julius Shulman.
Haskell used the term in a February House and Home magazine article on the new design style and it stuck, although it soon came to be used as a derogatory term in "serious" architectural circles.
Lautner first defined an architectural solution to the scale, function, and public space of car-oriented suburban architecture in his remodel of Henry's in Glendale in Googie's Coffee Shop, designed in , stood at the corner of Sunset Strip and Crescent Heights, next to the famous Schwab's Pharmacy ; regrettably it was demolished in It was distinctive for its expansive glass walls, arresting angular form, prominent roofline, and exuberant signage oriented to car traffic: an advertisement for itself.
Another key Lautner work in the Googie genre was Henry's Restaurant in Pomona ; its vaulted roof, resembling an inverted boat hull, arched over the interior booths and the large exposed beams made from glue-laminated timber carried through to the exterior, where they supported a slatted awning that shaded the drive-in area.
Googie became part of the American postwar Zeitgeist , but was ridiculed by the established architectural community of the s as superficial and vulgar.
The style was denigrated by East Coast critics and Lautner's reputation suffered; as a result he became wary of talking to the press  and it is notable that his UCLA oral history interviews include no references at all to these early projects.
This elegant hillside house was designed and sited to take advantage of the panoramic views of Los Angeles. Lautner's reputation was considerably restored by his groundbreaking design for the Leonard J.
This striking modern was built in and features skylights, copious walls of glass, and vaulted beamed ceilings.
The delightful, avant garde Malibu Colony house was on and off the market for years. Best of all, it includes recently discovered architectural drawings by John Lautner of a planned alteration to the property.
The home was built for Hope and his wife Dolores in Siip on a pair of those sexy blue booties! This fall's tour offers up-close looks at nine notable homes in Silver Lake, Echo Park, and Mt.
Known today as the Lautner Compound, the simple concrete, redwood, glass and steel properties were restored during the s and the desert retreat reopened in as Hotel Lautner.
They both comprise circular structural elements, panoramic expanses of glass, interiors open to the sky — via generous lightwells or ceiling glazing — and a symbiotic relationship with the surrounding natural environment reinforced by the incorporation of existing rocky outcrops or boulders within the houses.
Although some of these elements may seem purely stylistic, Lautner was a true master at adapting his designs according to the site.
These slide open to provide a seamless connection with the semi-circular indoor-outdoor pool, terrace and sweeping views of the mountains and Coachella Valley.
Arthur Elrod, an interior designer, worked with Lautner on the interiors for his residence. When it was over and we were all saying goodbye to all the staff, Alan Hess, Chris Carr, and I went over to the statue of the Chief in the front entry of the Goldstein and took selfies with the Chief.
We were all happy, and I think the Chief was also. It felt like he was with us, enjoying our aftermath with us. We saw it up close and right there.
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