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

 
The living room pavilion of the Elrod Home was originally enclosed in glass, but desert storm winds blew out the glass-pane walls in 1971. Lautner said he knew the blowout was a possibility, but he decided to take the risk. After the windstorm shattered the glass, the pavilion was left as a completely open space. The owner liked the effect so much that instead of replacing the panes, he asked Lautner to open the pavilion by designing retractable glass doors. There are now two mechanized 25-foot doors fabricated by an aircraft manufacturer.

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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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