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Man’s survival depends on his design
by Katy Purviance on 03/22/08 @ 10:03:47 am
Categories: Observations, Architects, Articles | 328 words | 1849 views

Yesterday I told you a little bit about Neutra.

I just came across an article on archinect about Neutra’s VDL House in Silverlake.

The house was named a “World Monument 2000” by the World Monument Watch Society.

Unfortunately, VDL2 House fell into Watch Society’s 25% failure rate even though the house is located in one of the richest regions of the world.

The agony here is that people with a vague awareness of Neutra’s principles love to tout a multi-million dollar new home or renovation as “inspired by Neutra.”

Meanwhile, the architect’s own house is falling apart, and nobody, saved the informed, seems to care.

“Only those, who have lived in a Neutra House, would ever understand how wonderful the daily satisfactions and delights are and how much this experience help to augment the joy of living. This especially the case in this house which is built on three levels.

With the many glass surfaces, mirrors, pools that reflect trees and flowers, every step from room to room, stairway up and down, is an aesthetic and artistic experience, which I have the good fortune to enjoy, while I move about the house and watch the changing weather.

- Mrs. Dione Neutra

What can you do? Go visit. Get everyone you know to visit. Talk about it in class. Spread the word. All proceeds help.

The house is located at 2300 E Silver Lake Blvd in Los Angeles.

Tours of the house will resume on the 5th of April from 11-3pm and every Saturday thereafter.

The admission fee is $10.00 per person. Cash or check made out to Cal Poly Pomona Foundation.

Large Groups (10+):
The house is open by appointment for groups of 10 or more people on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Group appointments include a guided tour by our resident Director. Group tours are given in English, Spanish or French.

$10.00 per person. Cash or check made out to Cal Poly Pomona Foundation

See more about visiting.

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