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AD Classics: Stahl House / Pierre Koenig

AD Classics: Stahl House / Pierre Koenig
AD Classics: Stahl House / Pierre Koenig

© Flickr User: dalylab AD Classics: Stahl House / Pierre Koenig AD Classics: Stahl House / Pierre Koenig Courtesy of wikiarquitectura.com +14

From the architect. The Case Study House Program produced some of the most iconic architectural projects of the 20th Century, but none more iconic than or as famous as the Stahl House, also known as Case Study House #22 by Pierre Koenig.  The modern residence overlooks Los Angeles from the Hollywood Hills. It was completed in 1959 for Buck Stahl and his family.

© Flickr User: dalylab
© Flickr User: dalylab

Buck Stahl had envisioned a modernist glass and steel constructed house that offered panoramic views of Los Angeles when he originally purchased the land for the house in 1954 for $13,500.  Stahl had originally begun to excavate and take on the duties of architect and contractor; it was not until 1957 when Stahl hired Pierre Koenig to take over the design of the family’s residence.

The two-bedroom, 2,200 square foot residence is a true testament to modernist architecture and the Case Study House Program.  The program was set in place by John Entenza and sponsored by the Arts & Architecture magazine.  The aim of the program was to introduce modernist principles into residential architecture, not only to advance the aesthetic, but to introduce new ways of life both in a stylistic sense and one that represented the lifestyles of the modern age.

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Courtesy of wikiarquitectura.com

Pierre Koenig was able to hone in on the vision of Buck Stahl and transform that vision into a modernist icon.  The glass and steel construction is understandably the most identifiable trait of architectural modernism, but it is the way in which Koenig organized the spatial layout of the house taking the public and private aspects of the house into great consideration.  As much as architectural modernism is associated with the materials and methods of construction, the juxtaposition of program and organization are important design principles that evoke utilitarian characteristics.

The house is “L” shaped in that the private and public sectors are completely separated save for a single hallway that connects the two wings.  Compositionally adjacent is the swimming pool that one must cross in order to get into the house; it is not only a spatial division of public and private but its serves as the interstitial space that one must pass through in order to experience the panoramic views. 

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Courtesy of wikiarquitectura.com

The living space of the house is set back behind the pool and is the only part of the house that has a solid wall, which backs up to the carport and the street. The entire house is understood to be one large viewing box that captures amazing perspectives of the house, the landscape, and Los Angeles.

Oddly enough, the Stahl house was fairly unknown and unrecognized for its advancement of modern American residential architecture, until 1960 when Julius Shulman captured the pure architectural essence of the house.  It was the night shot of two women sitting in the living room overlooking the bright lights of the city of Los Angeles.

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Courtesy of wikiarquitectura.com

That photo put the Stahl House on the architectural radar as being an architectural gem hidden up in the Hollywood Hills.

The Stahl House is still one of the most visited and admired buildings today.  It has undergone many interior transformations, so you will not find the same iconic 1960s furniture, but the architecture, the view, and the experience still remain.  You can make reservations and a small fee with the Stahl family, and even get a tour with Buck Stahl’s wife, Carlotta, or better recognized as Mrs. Stahl.

This building is part of our Architecture City Guide: Los Angeles. Check all the other buildings on this guide right here.

Cite: Andrew Kroll. "AD Classics: Stahl House / Pierre Koenig" 22 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/83038/ad-classics-stahl-house-pierre-koenig/>
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Talica · November 22, 2011

Simply beautiful.

JG_Architect · September 22, 2011

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koda design · January 19, 2011

An timeless gem, one of my all time favourites!

Laura Machado · January 19, 2011

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The Big Black &amp; White Zebr · November 05, 2010

Charlie's Angels or not, they do not get much better... case study houses are the perfect antidote for bloated housing, rich on money, space, and over-design. Something like this that fleetingly touches the ground and is so un-exigent on resources, has no superfluous design that shouts 'hey, look at me the clever archi''...

well top piece of work

Todd Michaud · October 30, 2010

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June Street · October 30, 2010

http://www.archdaily.com/83038... We love this classic by Pierre Koenig!

Dany · October 28, 2010

Una de las viviendas que mas envidio, http://www.archdaily.com/83038...

silly · October 25, 2010

was this house in 'charlie's angels'?

R. Girardin · November 20, 2010 08:22 AM

Don't know
But that's the house in "where the truth lies", (and many others I guess)

krista · November 07, 2010 06:38 AM

The house in Charlie's Angels (1) is the Harvey house by John Lautner. Actress Kelly Lynch lives there with her husband, she's also in the movie, playing the bad girl with Sam Rockwell.

This house should also be featured as an AD Classic..

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Patrick Quinn · October 24, 2010
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krista · October 24, 2010

This past August I had the opportunity to photograph this house and it was a really cool experience. The sky was blue and clear (for LA) and I didn't want to leave!!

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krista · October 23, 2010

I had a chance to shoot this house this past August. The weather was perfect and clear (for LA), I didn't want to leave!!

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