john lautner’s california houses

August 27, 2010 — 2 Comments

John Lautner, an innovative modernist architect who worked in the ’40s through the ’70s, designed a number of curving, round, arched, and wavy homes in California.  He also liked triangles and odd-shaped polygons.  What one doesn’t see a lot of in his designs are rectangles, right angles, and squares.

Perhaps his most famous house — shaped like a flying saucer — is the Chemosphere, an LA landmark.

A Lautner design with a round roof and zigzag glazing, known as the Pearlman Cabin, was built a few years earlier in Idyllwild –

Another house from that same period, called the Hatherall House, had a dramatic circular “great room” –

This jewel of a house, in Palm Springs, featured in the movie “Diamonds Are Forever” –

Like Frank Lloyd Wright, whom he studied with, Lautner was a prolific and successful architect who saw more than 100 of his designs built.  He worked primarily in California, though a few of his works can be found elsewhere. Sadly, a number of his houses and buildings have been torn down, some quite recently.

A fairly comprehensive listing of Lautner’s works can be found here.


2 responses to john lautner’s california houses

    Livon Diramerian December 30, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Today we could build better curved form buildings due to advance technology we have.


    very sad any of his work land in Texas or Montana?

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