John Lautner’s “Wolff Residence” — Modern Treehouse

Lautner-Wolff Perspective

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The Wolff House was built by John Lautner in 1961. This home — a three-bedroom in the Hollywood Hills — is a modernist treasure in wood, stone, and glass. The house sits on a private cul-de-sac and has an amazing view. The property includes a one-bedroom guesthouse and a beautiful pool.

John Lautner has got to be one of my top five favorite architects, maybe if pushed, my absolute favorite. His marriage of property characteristics with construction design is singular and marvelous. Few architects will take the time — and fewer, still, clients will pay the cost — to work with the natural terrain and composition and integrate steep hillsides or massive boulders directly into the building itself. Few are so deftly able to blur the distinction between indoors and outdoors, respecting both as a synergy.

Lautner’s “Wolff House” is a superb example of working with terrain, a steep and intimidating hillside… and in the process, a great example of a modernist’s treehouse as home. Enjoy.

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