Spanish Manufacturer Produces Replicas on Richard Neutra's VDL Research House II

The Modernist architect Richard Neutra designed dozens of homes in and around his adopted city of Los Angeles, each one invariably rational, limpid, and generous. These qualities were underscored by Neutra’s wife, Dione, when, later in life, she wrote how “[o]nly those, who have lived in a Neutra house, would ever understand how wonderful the daily satisfactions and delights are and how much this experience helps to augment the joy of living.”

The VDL Penthouse reproduces Neutra's design in nearly its entirety. Courtesy Kettal

That small pool of privileged homeowners is set to grow, as Barcelona manufacturer Kettal has unveiled its plans to produce replicas of a veritable Neutra jewel box.

Based on the penthouse crowning the architect’s VDL Research House II in L.A.’s Silver Lake neighborhood, the release has the endorsement of Neutra’s son Dion, who was at first hesitant about the venture, says Kettal president Alex Alorda. “He was surprised by the idea, but he picked up on it very fast. We went step-by-step together.”

Neutra’s Research House II in Los Angeles from Julius Shulman photography archive, 1936-1997

After the first incarnation of the VDL House caught fire in 1963, Richard and Dion worked closely to rebuild the structure while improving it in subtle ways. The Kettal renditions (two versions will be made available) reproduce these details while bringing the house technologically up to date. Because what is the joy of living without smart home systems?

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Cite: Samuel Medina. "Spanish Manufacturer Produces Replicas on Richard Neutra's VDL Research House II" 05 Nov 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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