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Craig



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:24 am    Post subject: John Lautner Stevens House Reply with quote

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/140471652?byline=0&badge=0&portrait=0&title=0
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exquisite.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stevens

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ed Norton has good taste and adequate resources. Sold for 11.8 million..
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.google.com/amp/www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-ed-norton-malibu-20170731-story,amp.html
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lautner gives us the plans and sections:






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Tom



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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Tom



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right,
I had not really looked.
It's all cast in place.
Gotta be a stash of photographs somewhere.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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