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martes, 5 de agosto de 2008


Richard Neutra
Kaufmann “Desert House,” Palm Springs, California. 1946
Tremaine “House in Montecito,” Santa Barbara, California. 1948

A fine softcover magazine in stiff, french-folded wrappers: upper corner gently bumped. Interior unmarked and very clean. Out-of-print and very rare, even in this second edition. 10.25 x 14.25 perfect-bound softcover magazine with 33 pages of full-page color and b/w plates, shot specifically for GA by Yukio Futagawa. Insightful text by Dion Neutra and excellent photography by Futagawa make this an extraordinarily nice tribute to two of the icons of West Coast Modern residential architecture.

From Neutra's many outstanding residences, two present themselves boldly in his adopted California: the Desert House designed in 1946 for Edgar Kaufmann, set in the hot arid desert surrounding Palm Springs, and two years later, the Tremaine House in the sweeping, tree-shaded, rock-strewn meadowland of Montecito. Both have pinwheel plans with the living-dining area at the hub; wings of one-room depth, designed to obtain natural light with views on at least two exposures, extend outwards and open to terraces and patios that in turn merge into the rich garden landscape. They respond quite lyrically to their natural surroundings, without ever compromising their architectonic integrity.

Neutra believed that the architect should strive for a response to space and time that may be only fleeting, yet in its intensity becomes truly memorable. Both houses have such: a chance reflection in the pool, or glass in shadow; the roof hovering above the sunset, or the rustle of leaves.

Born and raised in Vienna, Richard Neutra (1872-1970) came to America early in his career, settling in California. His influence on post-war architecture is undisputed, the sunny climate and rich landscape being particularly suited to his cool, sleek modern style. Neutra had a keen appreciation for the relationship between people and nature; his trademark plate glass walls and ceilings which turn into deep overhangs have the effect of connecting the indoors with the outdoors. Neutra's ability to incorporate technology, aesthetics, science, and nature into his designs him recognition as one of Modernist architecture's greatest talents.

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FUTAGAWA, Yukio y Dion Neutra. GA Global Architecture 8. Richard Neutra. Kaufmann "Desert House", Palm Springs, California, 1946. Tremaine “House in Montecito,” Santa Barbara California. 1948. Tokio, ADA Edita, 1971, 48 p.

-Essay: Kaufmann “Desert House” and Tremaine “House in Montecito” by Dion Neutra
-Captions to photographs by Yukio Futagawa
Desert House
9 Approach to the entry
10-11 Overall view of the west side
12-13 Overall view from the pool
14-15 Twilight view
16 Night view
17 Roof porch and living room seen from the south side
18 Looking out from inside the entry
19 Looking in from outside the entry
20 Roof porch with fireplace
21 View from the roof porch of the natural beauty of Palm Springs
22 View of the natural scenery from the living room
23 Guest room view of cacti
24-25 Overall view of the north side
Tremaine House in Montecito
26-27 Overall view of the entry
28 Looking toward the entry doorway from the living room
29 Looking down the corridor to the living room and bedrooms
30-31 Dining room
32 Playroom in front of the nursery
33 Living room and dining room
34-35 Overall view of west side replete with plants and shrubs
36 Bedroom
37 Exterior of bedroom seen from the north side
38-39 Living room
40 Looking down on the swimming pool from the west side terrace

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