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Neutra's Serulnic House

Postby devildogranch » Thu May 24, 2007 6:03 am

Wasn't sure where to post this query, but there is a major wooden structure (deck?) going up on what looks like the same property of the Serulnic House (L.A. H-C Monument #740). It's hard to tell how close exactly, because my only view is from below looking up a steep mountain...

I'll take a photo today and try to figure out how to post it here. But if anyone has some information, please post - inquiring minds want to know!

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Postby SDR » Thu May 24, 2007 6:12 pm

I recently saw a design for a new house to be built just below the Serulnic house. I got the impression that the property might have been subdivided -- or at least that there is some connection in ownership. The design is a simple but irregular geometric solid.

I saw this somewhere in the architectural press -- sorry I can't be more specific.

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Postby SDR » Fri May 25, 2007 5:09 pm

I'll go back to the library this weekend - maybe I'll find that item.

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Postby SDR » Sat May 26, 2007 3:53 pm

Okey-dokey. GA (Global Architecture) issue 92 "Project 2006," pp 88-90:

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The text implies (to me) that the owners of the Serulnic house have built/are building this new residence. No site plan is given, but the path of the ascending roadway is discernable on the model.

The dark central areas on the plan are internal courtyards open to the sky. Entry at right, then (clockwise) living, dining, pantry (l) and kitchen (r), library, bedroom, bath.

Check that cool carport !

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The scale on the plan must be erroneous; if correct, the bed would be about 13' square !
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Postby Tony » Mon May 28, 2007 6:54 am

SDR,

Maybe the owners are really tall!

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Postby SDR » Mon May 28, 2007 9:00 am

Thanks, MD

Tony, I'm guessing that the model must be quite large, too, to provide such good interior views !

Note that the Serulnic is labelled "guest house."

The last paragraph of the GA text is a perfect example of the kind of verbal "hot air" that seems to be required of the architect, at least in the past couple of decades. It's never enough to just look and enjoy, is it. . .the architect's choices have to be "explained."

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Postby Tony » Mon May 28, 2007 9:22 am

SDR,

John Lautner referred to such theoretical discussions as "talkitecture".

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Postby Josquin » Mon May 28, 2007 9:11 pm

I'm surprised with the urban inward looking design of the new house. This is a stiking contrast to the openess of the Serulnic house. I wouldn't consider this a typical urban lot. The lot is adjacent to the National Forest. It is far above the street, without any close neighbors and you can't easily see this lot from Day Street, Markridge Road, Skyview Lane or Sister Elsie. This is a very curious response to this site.

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