Perched high above Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles, is one of the finest examples of expressionistic architecture by R.M. Schindler. One of the largest homes designed by Schindler hugs the contours of the canyon, with the angles nestled into the rocky landscape.
The Bohemian Acolyte
Rudolf Michael Schindler was born on September 10, 1887, to a middle-class family in Vienna, Austria. His father was a wood and metal craftsman and an importer; his mother was a dressmaker. He attended the Imperial and Royal High School, from 1899 to 1906, and enrolled at the Vienna University of Technology before attending the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, or Wagnerschule, graduating in 1911 with a degree in architecture. As his professional career developed, he enjoyed a relationship with the famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
While Schindler and Wright’s relationship ebbed and flowed through the years, Schindler was greatly influenced by the work of Wright. Schindler and Wright eventually had a falling out, and remained estranged for many years. During that time, Schindler’s designs and creativity established his credibility in the world of architecture. For over 30 years, Schindler’s designs impacted the landscape of Los Angeles and the world of architecture.
Our very own Gerald Olesker was also privileged to have worked on Wright-influenced architecture. He worked on the Mat House in Reseda, California, designed by Frank’s son Lloyd Wright and known for its distinctive angular, thatch-like roof. The house was granted historic landmark status in 1996.
Laurel Canyon Overlook
This iconic home was influenced by the Pueblo Indian adobe houses of the Southwest. Schindler made a pilgrimage to the Southwest and was profoundly inspired by the clusters of adobe houses with rounded fronts, hanging in midair in places like Mesa Verde. These influences are clearly translated in this work above Laurel Canyon. The 3,500 square foot home offers breathtaking views of the tree tops of the canyon through glass walls, offering occupants an endless source of light and beauty.
We are proud of our recent work with Robin Colton Studio on this brilliant property in Austin, Texas. This featured home is currently on the market for $4 million.
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