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dc.coverage.spatial Site: Silver Lake (Los Angeles, California, United States) en_US
dc.coverage.temporal 1965-1966 (creation) en_US
dc.creator Neutra, Richard Joseph en_US 1965-1966 en_US 2012-12-27T16:32:50Z 2012-12-27T16:32:50Z 1965-1966 en_US
dc.identifier 181215 en_US
dc.identifier.other archrefid: 2068 en_US
dc.description West elevation, left portion; With a no-interest loan from Dutch philanthropist Dr Charles Van Der Leeuw, Austrian-American architect Richard Neutra built a radical "glass house" with rooftop and balcony gardens on Silver Lake Boulevard for himself and his family. He called it the VDL Research house, after his benefactor. It was designed to accommodate his office and two families on a small 60 x 70 foot lot. Seven years later, as his family expanded, he built a garden house on the back of the lot. This compact wing had walls that slid open onto a pocket garden to be shared by the addition and main house. In 1963 after a disastrous fire, that left unscathed only the 1940 Garden house and basement of the original wing, Neutra and his son and partner Dion Neutra had a chance to redesign the main house. Two floors and a penthouse solarium were built on the original prefabricated basement structure. They applied what the practice had learned in the interim about sun louvers, water roofs, "nature-near", and physiologically motivated design. Source: Neutra VDL [website]; (accessed 7/14/2010) en_US
dc.format.medium steel; glass; concrete en_US
dc.rights Licensed for educational and research use by the MIT community only en_US
dc.subject architecture en_US
dc.subject Artists' studios en_US
dc.subject experimental architecture en_US
dc.subject domestic architecture en_US
dc.subject passive solar en_US
dc.subject Twentieth century en_US
dc.subject Modernist en_US
dc.subject International Style (modern European architecture style) en_US
dc.title VDL Research House II en_US
dc.type image en_US
dc.rights.access Licensed for educational and research use by the MIT community only en_US
dc.identifier.vendorcode 1A1-NR-NH-A3 en_US
vra.culturalContext American en_US
vra.technique construction (assembling) prefabrication en_US
vra.worktype house en_US
vra.worktype studio (work space) en_US
dc.contributor.display Richard Joseph Neutra (American architect, 1892-1970) en_US

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