John Lautner Stevens House

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Craig
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John Lautner Stevens House

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I don't know if this has been shared before but it's a real pleasure to view this video. The house looks even better when compared to its prosaic neighbors:

https://player.vimeo.com/video/14047165 ... =0&title=0
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Post by DRN »

One of Lautner's best...this video is a work of art in itself. I love the Harry Bertoia-esque swaying rod guard rail at the sea wall...more poetic than code compliant, I suspect.

This house was momentarily visible in some of the helicopter scene set up shots for the sitcom "Two and a Half Men", though editing to add commercials to the endless reruns may have nixed it by now.

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Post by Roderick Grant »

I have often wondered why architects locate bedrooms toward the main views. One is supposedly asleep at night, and whether you're bedroom view is of the Pacific or the graffiti-clad wall of a warehouse shouldn't matter. In this case, I would relocate the main bedroom, and convert it into a major day room, as much for the fenestration as the view.

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Exquisite.

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Post by SDR »

Stevens

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Ed Norton has good taste and adequate resources. Sold for 11.8 million..

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Post by SDR »

Lautner gives us the plans and sections:



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Post by Tom »

Wow.
I remember when this was first featured in Architectural Record
lo, those many decades ago.
Takes me back.
RG-I'll remember your comment.

Drawings are a great help
Thanks SDR
It's not easy to understand all of what's going on here.
In what book are these drawings published?

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Post by DRN »

The drawings illustrate the point made by Wes Peters in the 1980's documentary about Lautner: that Lautner was a brilliant designer, but his that his draftsmanship left a lot to be desired...Wright noted that Lautner "drew like a carpenter."

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Post by SDR »

Heh. Lautner's working drawings (are they all in his hand ?) are crowded with notes and dimensions, and no poché, so they can be very hard to read. This is
a relatively clear set. Note some added notes and lines, not so neatly made, suggesting that the lettering on the original sheets (at least) is not his ?

The herringbone ceramic or stone flooring was the final choice, according to the photos. It even clads the entry-step risers . . .

Is anybody surprised that those arching bents are built around large I-beams, rather than being made of concrete with rebar ?

There are two Lautner monographs, as far as I know; this is from the one he edited and contributed to, published by the Princeton Architectural Press, in 1998.

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Post by Tom »

Interesting catch.
Would be great to see detail drawings.
I wonder if the bents were cast off site
or in-place.
Surely somewhere there are photographs.

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Post by SDR »

A lot can be seen in the video. The beams seem integrally cast-in-place with the bent slabs; they are exterior to those curving board-formed planes. Quite a construction job -- but not out of line with some of Lautner's other mature works. He did a lot with concrete . . .

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Post by Tom »

Right,
I had not really looked.
It's all cast in place.
Gotta be a stash of photographs somewhere.

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Post by SDR »

Have you Googled "Lautner Stevens house" ? "Images" has a goodly selection, in this case -- though perhaps not everything you'd hoped for ?

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