It’s hard enough trying to find a modernist-inspired house these days, let alone one for sale. Which leaves you one option – build one yourself. Easier said than done – you’ll need the money, the land and the inspiration. We can’t help with the first two, but we can with the third – just pick up a copy of this amazing new book from Taschen – Case Study Houses.
The Case Study House program (1945-66) concentrated on the Los Angeles area, overseeing the design of 36 prototype homes that could be easily and cheaply constructed. The program’s chief motivating force was Arts & Architecture editor John Entenza, a champion of modernism who attracted some of architecture’s greatest talents to the project, including Richard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames, and Eero Saarinen. The resulting experimental houses had a pronounced influence on architecture – and still stand out today.
Taschen’s 440-page book is an exhaustive overview of the entire program with comprehensive documentation, photographs from the period and, for the houses still in existence, contemporary photos, as well as extensive floor plans and sketches. All you need to build your own modernist masterpiece.
It’s available now, the full version will set you back £100, but a compact version is available for around £5.