Down in the vaults of the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, plans for modernist architect Pierre Koenig’s archive were carefully unrolled.  Seemingly impossible designs were revealed; some of the homes soaring off the edges of cliffs, such as the famous Case Study House No. 21.  Also revealed were simple, clean and functionally designed spaces.


“He did a lot of the drawings himself.  Although he had students from USC helping, most of the time it was just him alone in his office,” said Wim de Wit, an architectural historian and GRI’s head of special collections and visual resources.  He constantly rethought the problem of how to design a house with materials like steel and glass, on very difficult sites, like hillsides, that other people would avoid because they are hard to build on.  He liked those hillsides, for cantilevering out (and for) building in the middle nature, so when you’re inside the house you feel like you’re right there, stepping out onto the landscape.”


When asked to design four homes in Malibu, Koenig made them inspirations that reflected his exuberant work ethic and high regard for Mother Nature.


Malibu Times Magazine, May 2008


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CARLA FISCHER

STILL MODERN AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

THE LEGACY OF PIERRE KOENIG

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