Gallery: CA Modern Home Tour: The Hidden Details of John Lautner’s Incr...

 
To authentically connect to the desert setting, Lautner decided to dig the house into the hill and build around excavated boulders. Lautner was experienced in desert building from his work with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin, and the idea to unearth the site came to him as he studied the already graded lot. In 1958 he convinced his client to spend an extra $15,000 to $20,000 to excavate and he then reworked the plans to incorporate the boulders throughout the home.

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  1. Hi Andrea October 29, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Right now there is a related exhibit at the Mingei Museum in San Diego called Three on the Edge featuring the modern and innovative architecture of 3 locals: James Hubbell, Kenneth Kellogg and Wallace Cunningham. All three should also be mentioned and featured above. http://www.mingei.org/exhibition/three-on-the-edge/

  2. Hong Park March 23, 2013 at 6:54 am

    thank you… my eye is cool… !!

  3. Mike Chino March 21, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    That UFO-esque roof is crazy! I bet the pool creates a nice cool micro climate for the sheltered area underneath it. Definitely an inspiring example of modern architecture for desert climes.

  4. Alyssa Alimurung March 21, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    The house is amazing. I was fun to read that Lautner designed the roof to look like petals in a desert flower because it really does look like a UFO at first glance!

  5. JasminMC March 21, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    What an amazing home!

  6. Diane Pham March 19, 2013 at 10:24 am

    This is an incredible home. I hope to see it in person at some point in the near future!

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