September 27, 2014

Kaufmann Palm Springs House : Richard Neutra

Richard Neutra Kaufmann Desert House (Image Credit: nova68.com via moderndesign.org)

Richard Neutra Kaufmann Desert House (Image Credit: nova68.com via moderndesign.org)

Richard Neutra Kaufmann Desert House (Image Credit: nova68.com via moderndesign.org)

Richard Neutra Kaufmann Desert House (Image Credit: nova68.com via moderndesign.org)

Richard Neutra Kaufmann Desert House (Image Credit: nova68.com via moderndesign.org)

Richard Neutra Kaufmann Desert House (Image Credit: nova68.com via moderndesign.org)

Richard Neutra Kaufmann Desert House (Image Credit: Julius Shulman)

Modern Masterpieces of Architecture
Richard Neutra 'Kaufmann Desert House' 1946

Perhaps the most import example of mid 20th century modern architecture; done right down to the last detail. Richard Neutra's iconic Kaufmann House is a perfectly composed masterpiece. The house, a 1946 glass, steel and stone landmark, is located in Palm Springs Califonria. Commissioned by Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr., the Pittsburgh department store magnate who had commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright about a decade earlier to build Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, the house was designed as a desert retreat from harsh winters. Constructed as a series of horizontal planes that seem to float over glass walls, the house seems to absorb the mood of the surrounding desert. The Kaufmann House is one of the best-known designs by Neutra, a Viennese-born architect who moved to the United States in the 1920s and designed homes for the next few decades for many wealthy West Coast clients. His buildings are seen virtually as the apotheosis of Modernism's International Style, with their skeletal steel frames and open plans. Yet Neutra was also known for catering sensitively to the needs of his clients, so that their houses would be not only functional but would also nurture their owners psychologically.


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