On October 2nd, we had the pleasure of going on the 2016 MAK Tour in our local neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles. The self-guided tour took us through nine homes that are all great examples of modernist architecture and were designed by a handful of architects, some of whom, like Schindler and Lautner, are very well-known for their iconic buildings in Los Angeles.
While all of the homes were quite different, they were each designed around the properties they were built upon to uniquely interact with the landscape of Los Angeles. The architects all seemed to share some common design principles: maximizing natural light, taking advantage of hillside views, and enabling indoor-outdoor living - all conducive to thoroughly enjoying Southern California's temperate climate. Each home was designed with quite a bit of customization, including built-in storage and furniture (sofas, desks, shelving, cabinets, etc) that remain today to influence the layout and use of many of the rooms. For the most part, everything has been streamlined with enormous attention to detail.
My favorite part of the tour was being able to see how Lautner approached the Salkin House since I enjoyed visiting his Sheats Goldstein Residence so much. I really appreciated the modern angularity of the Salkin House from the slanted glass to the butterfly roof and even to the diagonal structural members inside the home. While we unfortunately weren't able to take photos on the interior, Trina Turk recently purchased and restored this property so I'm sure you'll be seeing it featured prominently in the near future!
A few snapshots of each of the homes along the tour are shown below. Enjoy!
Raphael Soriano, 1938
John Lautner, 1948
Harwell Hamilton Harris, 1942
James DeLong, 1953
Gregory Ain, 1941
Harwell Hamilton Harris, 1940-41
R.M. Schindler, 1934
Gregory Ain, 1939
Raphael Soriano, 1936
Which of these homes is your favorite? Do you know of any other great homes to tour in Los Angeles?