Inspire Me Monday: Modern Architecture on Film

Here’s something to chase away those Monday blues – a few times that the film industry chose exactly the right location:

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The Sheats Goldstein Residence by John Lautner, filmed for the movie The Big Lebowski in 1998.

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The Sheats Goldstein Residence by John Lautner, filmed for the movie The Big Lebowski in 1998.

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The Vandamm House by Frank Lloyd Wright, filmed for the movie North by Northwest in 1959.

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The Vandamm House by Frank Lloyd Wright, used in the movie North by Northwest, 1959.

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The Vandamm House by Frank Lloyd Wright, used in the movie North by Northwest, 1959.

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Ennis House by Frank Lloyd Wright, filmed for Blade Runner in 1982.

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Ennis House by Frank Lloyd Wright, filmed for Blade Runner in 1982.

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Ennis House by Frank Lloyd Wright, filmed for Blade Runner in 1982.

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Home designed by A. James Speyer, filmed for Ferris Beuller’s Day Off in 1986.

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Home designed by A. James Speyer, filmed for Ferris Beuller’s Day Off in 1986.

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Home designed by A. James Speyer, filmed for Ferris Beuller’s Day Off in 1986.

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Elrod House by John Lautner, filmed for Diamonds are Forever in 1971.

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Elrod House by John Lautner, filmed for Diamonds are Forever in 1971.

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Elrod House by John Lautner, filmed for Diamonds are Forever in 1971.

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The Villa Necchi Campiglio by Piero Portaluppi, filmed for I am Love in 2009.

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The Villa Necchi Campiglio by Piero Portaluppi, filmed for I am Love in 2009.

August 31st, 2015|0 Comments

Lesser-Known Masters: Charles Goodman

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Photo courtesy of Montgomery Planning.

Although he’s not renowned throughout the country, Charles Goodman’s designs are a matter of pride for residents of Virginia and Washington D.C. The architect pointedly ignored the colonial revival style that was wildly popular in mid-century Virginia, instead choosing to pursue his Modernist principles.

After designing many public buildings throughout D.C., Goodman went on to design the entire Hollin Hills community of modern homes, which remains a prestigious and much-sought-after neighborhood in the area.

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Photo courtesy of @Kgunnar on Flickr.

Since those days, Goodman received over 10 national architectural awards, and 5 of his designs have been named National Historic Sites.

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National Airport in Washington D.C., 1940. Photo courtesy of Naked Airport by Alastair Gordon.

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National Airport in Washington D.C., 1940. Photo courtesy of Naked Airport by Alastair Gordon.

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Hickory Cluster Housing, 1965. Photo courtesy of the Hickory Cluster Association.

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Unitarian Church in Arlington, 1964. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

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Unitarian Church in Arlington, 1964. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

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Unitarian Church in Arlington, 1964. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

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Alcoa Care-Free Home, 1957. Photo courtesy of Mid-Century Michigan.

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Alcoa Care-Free Home, 1957. Photo courtesy of Mid-Century Michigan.

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Alcoa Care-Free Home, 1957. Photo courtesy of Mid-Century Michigan.

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The Goodman House in Alexandria, 1954. Photo courtesy of National Park Service.

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The Goodman House in Alexandria, 1954. Photo courtesy of National Park Service.

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River Park Mutual Homes, 1962. Photo courtesy of Urban Turf.

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River Park Mutual Homes, 1962. Photo courtesy of Urban Turf.

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River Park Mutual Homes, 1962. Photo courtesy of Urban Turf.

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Hollin Hills home, 1950s. Photo courtesy of Somo Mag.

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Hollin Hills home, 1950s. Photo courtesy of Somo Mag.

August 27th, 2015|0 Comments

When Budget Building Goes Right

When local architect Kevin Oreck was given the opportunity to design a Los Angeles home on a tight budget and a tighter space constraint, he didn’t think twice. The result is a 1,500-square-foot home built out of metal and plywood on a 39-foot-wide lot, and it’s amazing.

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Photos courtesy of Remodelista.

August 25th, 2015|0 Comments

Celebrate the Final Days of Summer with these Modernist Swimming Pools

Great architects have an eye for design, despite the material. Whether they are working with wood, stone, or water, the results are always breathtaking. Here are a few perfectly-minimalist swimming pools designed by some of the best modern architects.

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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavillion, 1929.

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Home in Spain’s Canary Islands by Corona y P. Amaral Arquitectos, 2008.

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A chlorine-free, bio-filtered pool in Riehen, Switzerland by Herzog & de Meuron, 2009.

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A penthouse in Antwerp, Belgium designed by Hans Verstuyft Architecten, 2013.

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Lap pool in a renovated 1920s villa in Belgium by architect Vincent van Duysen, 1920s.

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Infinity pool in Long Island by Edmund Hollander Design.

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Pool on Cyclades Island by Kois Associated Architects, 2014.

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Swimming pool built from a former livestock watering tank at architect Olle Lundberg’s redwood cabin in Cazadero, California, 1996.

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Phillip Johnson’s bright, circular pool at the Glass House, 1949.

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Pool in a Kensignton home by David Chipperfield Architects, 2012.

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Pool at the Solo Houses Project in Spain by Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects.

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Pool at the Vals Thermal Spa in Switzerland by Peter Zumpthor, 1996.

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An indoor pool in the Melbourne Tower by Elenberg Fraser.

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A wading pool on the roof of the Cité radieuse building in Marseilles, France by Le Corbusier, 1952.

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The Villa Mairea in Finland designed by Alvar Aalto, 1940.

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Pools at a home in Belgium by Vincent van Duysen,

Photos courtesy of Gardenista.

August 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Lesser-Known Masters: Richard Dorman

Continuing our survey of lesser-known architectural greats, this week we take a look at Los Angeles native Richard Dorman. A passionate man in all aspects, the USC-trained architect pursued his interests relentlessly, from architecture and design to railroad engineering.

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Photo courtesy of Midcenturyhome.com.

From 1951 through the early ’80s, Dorman designed countless homes and public buildings throughout California and New Mexico, each marked by his personal but oh-so-modern style. The architect was not exactly internationally-renowned for his work, but won over 20 awards in the architectural field during his lifetime, and wrote 13 books on railroads while he was at it.

Dorman’s fervent take on life was well-recorded in his 1962 feature in Life Magazine where he was quoted as stating, “I want to change everything… I want to upgrade everything.”

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Richard Dorman House in Santa Monica, 1971.

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Richard Dorman House in Santa Monica, 1971.

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Richard Dorman House in Santa Monica, 1971.

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Richard Dorman House in Santa Monica, 1971.

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The Briggs Residence in Royal Oaks, CA – 1959.

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The Briggs Residence in Royal Oaks, CA – 1959.

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The Briggs Residence in Royal Oaks, CA – 1959.

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San Diego Country Estates, 1974.

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San Diego Country Estates, 1974.

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Norwood House in Beverly Hills, 1973.

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Norwood House in Beverly Hills, 1973.

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University of Southern California, Married Student Housing, 1968.

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Seidenbaum House in Los Angeles, 1966.

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Seidenbaum House in Los Angeles, 1966.

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Lake Arrowhead Country Club, 1964.

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Hyatt House Apartments in Seattle, 1961. 

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Hyatt House Apartments in Seattle, 1961. 

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Hyatt House Apartments in Seattle, 1961. 

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Los Angeles Design Center, 1964.

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Los Angeles Design Center, 1964.

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Los Angeles Design Center, 1964.

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Los Angeles Design Center, 1964.

Photos by Julius Shulman.

August 20th, 2015|0 Comments