Posted by switch-smith at 8:16 PM . Tuesday, July 6, 2010
In a historic sale by Wright, Pierre Koenig's iconic Case Study House #21 was put on the auction block, along with all its contents, including the Porsche in the driveway.
"Pierre Koenig's Case Study House #21, now carefully and immaculately restored to the original intent and design of the architect, is an architectural landmark located in the Hollywood Hills. Completed early within his career, the steel and glass residence is a pure expression of Koenig's approach to design. Using a reduced range of materials, he created a living space that gracefully reflects the demands, conditions, and requirements of modern living in Los Angeles.
The spare structure is balanced by five reflection pools that completely surround the house and serve both cooling functions and as visual transitions between building and site. Intellectually, historically and aesthetically, the house is a pristine modern object."
Furnishing the home is a collection of works by Poul Kjaerholm, George Nelson, Charles + Ray Eames, Craig Ellwood, Hendrick Van Keppel + Taylor Green, Erwin + Estelle Laverne, Eero Saarinen, and LaGardo Tackett. The art collection includes works by Harry Bertoia, Barbara Hepworth, John McLaughlin, and George Rickey.
Commissioned photos by Julius Shulman for Wright's microsite.