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Kauffman visited Taliesin West, the summer study of Wright, located in the middle of Arizona, casx was not particularly impressed. Since the s, the city, situated at the foot of Mount San Jacinto, offered refuge to the stars of Hollywood.

Albert Frey, patron of Le Corbusier, had built his house here in and in completed the tiny House of Millar Neutra. After having been significantly amended by its successive owners, current owners of the residence decided to return it to its original state. The house, which caa had m2 in area, had been expanded to nearly m2.

The architects removed the areas added and restored the house based on the famous photographs Julius Shulman did of the house in The architects decided to also return to the desert garden look it had in times of Neutra. In addition, they incorporated a discrete heating, air conditioning and ventilation system, and a new pavilion at the pool, known as the Harris Poll House.

The desert, or rather, this primordial wilderness area that stretches around Palm Springs, fascinated Neutra. Despite the neat precision of the Desert House, it evokes the spirit of the houses of those Indian tribes, which he admired so much. Richard Neutra built a building in which the horizontal planes of the decks seem to float on transparent glass walls, giving the whole an overall look of lightness.

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On the other hand, to take advantage of the small slope of the plot, the house is almost fused with the landscape that surrounds it, because its volumes do not rise too much above the land, almost the entire house is on a single floor, except a small terrace which is accessed from outside.

Beside the house, in a somewhat lower level, a swimming pool reflects its structure.

The Kaufmann House distills space in the silver-plated horizontal planes that rest atop transparent glass panes. As in his own home, Neutra skillfully dodged the ban kaufmnn building a second height, eliminating the walls of the roundabout, except for the chimney and the vertical sheets of aluminum.


From an rkchard point of view, rjchard defined a clear plan, from a purely functional, serving as a shield against the wind. Although one wing of the house sits on an east-west axis, the other sits perpendicular or to the cardinal directions to expand the areas of residence. The large sliding windows, whose bronze-colored blinds alleviated the silvery glow of the house, lead to an open, adjacent courtyard in the living room and in the master bedroom, open to the pool.

The east wing is connected with the living space of the north wing through a gallery that houses a bedroom suite. The lounge area, shared with the dining room and more or less square, is caea the center of the house. The plan in the form of cross guarantees that the four wings get both daylight and good ventilation.

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The south wing connects to the public sphere and includes a marquee and two long covered walkways. These walkways are separated by a huge stone wall to give entry to the services by one side and the house on the other.

The garden permeates almost inadvertently throughout the house with smooth oscillations. Caasa designed with right angles, the forms of the house are very smooth; yet the severe winds of northeast Palm Springs still blow everything they can get a hold of, despite improvements to the walls and blinds. The decision to build the bedrooms and courtyards a spiral, reveals a specific social order.

An extreme privacy is guaranteed both to the hosts, as the children, guests, and servants. The only coexistence between them occurs in the shaded walkways, terraces and courtyards.

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Blinds that flank a long dark pool connect the guest wing with the rest of the house. The rear facade of the house opens to the landscape and garden, while the facade overlooking the street appears closed, with its facade of ashlar stone. This is particularly evident in the living room, whose walls of steel and glass slide outward toward the southeast, while the construction of deck and supports the hanging wall sliding moving toward the pool and spatially linking the house with it.

Neutra used as basic materials stone, glass and steel, and tended not to depart from the range of colors than the desert offered, so that the house does not desentonase of casz natural environment. Moreover, the presence of patios and porches in the housing connects the interior and exterior, so that the desert seems to be taking part in the same building.


The natural stone from Utah who Neutra used in the exterior and interior creates a vivid chiaroscuro effect that is difference in the smoothness in other finishes. However, the stone is carefully chiseled, both in the original house, for which Neutra trained masons who had worked in Falling Water, who had come Kaufmann, as in the restoration carried out by the new owners by mid in the 90s and lasted five years. The main outdoor rooms are enclosed by a vertical aluminum fins that offer flexible protection against sandstorms and intense heat.

This is repeated at the roundabout from the second floor. The walls are made almost entirely with sliding windows. Although both have unprotected glass in the southern part of a home located in the middle of the desert seems crazy, this is because the house was to be used only one month per year, in January. In the gutters of Southern highlights a beautiful detail. At its eastern end, the narrow strips are continuing a stretch, so that the excess rainwater can flow to the east and dropped onto the rocks.

The gargoyles are an architectural element known in Japanese gardens as in medieval cathedrals. Concept This vacation home was designed to emphasize the desert landscape and its harsh climate. Spaces The Kaufmann House distills space in the silver-plated horizontal planes that rest atop transparent glass panes. In the north wing another corridor opens along an outside patio that leads to two other rooms.

Flat roofs of concrete to open courtyards paved. Materials Neutra used as basic materials stone, glass and steel, and tended not to depart from the range of colors than the desert offered, so that the house does not desentonase of their natural environment. It has also been used concrete and wood Drawings Notice: Architecture is better explained in images Follow us on Instagram! Cookies We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of our site. You can find out more or switch them off if you prefer.

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