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Tour Pierre Koenig’s Historic Case Study House #21 in the Hollywood Hills

When Arts & Architecture magazine proposed their Case Study House Program in the mid-1940s, America was finally free of the strictures of World War II, and millions of soldiers were returning home.


In anticipation of a housing boom, the magazine commissioned the design and construction of inexpensive, efficient, aesthetically pleasing residences, with the hopes that they would serve as prototypes for modern housing in the years ahead.


Among the architects included was Pierre Koenig, who designed this 1,300-square-foot steel-and-glass home in 1958 (and oversaw its restoration in 1998). Today it not only represents a seminal expression of Koenig’s style but is also recognized worldwide as a pinnacle of architectural modernism.




Orienting the bedrooms toward the hills and the public rooms outward allowed for streamlined exterior surfaces of sliding glass and opaque steel.



The striking contemporary style belies the home’s utter livability: windows bring the outdoors in, a series of reflecting pools creates a feeling of tranquility, and the movement of light is dynamic, conjuring new and intriguing ambiences throughout the day and night.


With its terraces, abundant glass, water, and skylights Koenig’s design emphasizes a connection between the interior and exterior.





The surrounding pools dramatically mirror the undulating steel and offer a soothing, cooling effect. In addition, roof scuppers were thoughtfully included to recirculate the water.


In 1999, the home was designated as a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument, and it is included on the National Register of Historic Places.




This is a rare opportunity to own what can unquestionably be called a residential work of art and a piece of American history.