I have spent a lot of time in Los Angeles the last several years. At my previous job, I was working with our LA office on a building for a community college. Our office was in Century City, so I typically stayed in Beverly Hills. I was able to walk a lot of neighborhoods and found myself drawn to the modern homes (definitely more prevalent in LA than they are in the Twin Cities). When Kevin and I began talking about a new home I started dreaming of a 1950’s LA home….. Neutra, Shindler are inspirations.
Many of the images in my head include a swimming pool and floor to ceiling windows cantilevered from one of the Hollywood Hills. Not exactly practical or possible for a home in MN. So, if we can’t have the swimming pool, the floor to ceiling glass, the cantilever or view over LA, what can we take away from the 50’s modernists and their work in LA?
Simplicity- Rectilinear forms and planes
Neutral Color- the forms speak for themselves, against a blue sky it's beautiful
Connection to Outdoors- balconies and windows connect to exterior space.
It might be a stretch, but having a bit of California in St. Paul in the winter might not be such a bad thing. We might be able to stay warm.