Chemosphere. Built by John Lautner in 1960. Photograph by Julius Shulman.
The octagon house is in the Hollywood Hills, just off Mulholland, with around 2,200 square feet of living space. Most unusually, the home is perched atop a concrete pole nearly thirty feet in the air. It is reached by a funicular. The unique design was Lautner’s solution to the practically unbuildable site, which has a slope of 45 degrees. Other stuff:
- In 1976, the house’s second owner, Dr. Richard Kuhn, was stabbed to death at his home in a robbery by two men, who were convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
- Since 2000, it has been the Los Angeles home of Benedikt Taschen, of German book publisher company Taschen, who has had the home restored.
- The Chemosphere was used in the 1984 film “Body Double”, directed by Brian De Palma.
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