THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN LOS ANGELES - PART 8: Architecture

This season, KENZO heads out to California, Carol and Humberto’s home state. We asked Joy Yoon - author of the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas' (Universe / Rizzoli International) - to select some surprising and unexpected addresses in Los Angeles. Our eighth installment of the series is architecture. Let's start this architectural journey with the Case Study House n°8 also known as the Eames House.

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From the late 1940s until the 1960s, Arts & Architecture Magazine (started by John Entenza, an important figure in the growths of Modernism in American architecture) sponsored experiments on American residential architecture. Entenza commissioned major architects during that period, such as Richard Neutra, Pierre Koenig, Eero Saarinen, and J.R. Davidson, among others, to design and build inexpensive and efficient model homes for all the soldiers returning from the end of World War II, helping to spark a housing boom. Of the twenty-five Case Study houses built, not all designs saw mass construction; number 8 was considered the most successful among them. In fact, it was so successful as a structural living space that Ray and Charles Eames moved in, making it their home and studio for the rest of their lives. Proof enough that this remarkable building –now a National Historic Landmark that has wooed many an architecture lover to L.A. just to see it- worked. Make an advance appointment through the Eames Foundation to set up a visit.

 

203 North Chautauqua Boulevard in Pacific Palisades. 310-459-9663
 

From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).

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