A Look At Post Modern Architecture In California


Eric Owen Moss is in no way new to architecture. However, prior to the design and building of the Schnabel House Moss had designed few residential homes. Moss had always been associated with larger commercial buildings. This is a result of his close work with developer Frederick Norton Smith. Smith has designed a large portion of Culver City-an area located south of the Santa Monica Freeway-as the field of his endeavor. (Steele, 6) Moss's works include 8522 National Boulevard, Samitaur, Hayden Tract Company, and S.P.A.R.C.I.T.Y. "Eric Owen Moss has been able to explore what he has termed "emotive geometries' and the way these can apply to a new level of urban consciousness." ...

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This term is not fully accurate; Moss merely wishes one to recognize or not to recognize the different materials in their functions and in their relationships to other materials. Los Angeles/Southern California is the bellwether region for architectural design. The residential home is a way for the architect and client to collaborate to create a functional, yet contemporary design. The Lawson/Weston House very distinctly and dynamically uses wood, steel, and concrete in the major part of the building. In this project, the materials used play a very important role in the way the spaces are created and how they feel. It is often interesting to see how Moss uses materials by overlapping them and removing parts of them. In this project, he removed sections of the glue lamb beams to theoretically connect the beams, yet still provide the transparency and the overlapping qualities that he desires. One example of this overlapping is the way many of the material puncture or grow out ...

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miles from the coastline at Santa Monica, the air is crisp and clean, and free from the smog that plagues Los Angeles. This clear atmosphere, along with the moisture-laden mists that frequently move inland from the ocean, supports lush, semi-tropical vegetation on its slopes, making the architectural diversity of a wealthy residential neighborhood seen even more incongruous." (Steele, 1) The Schnabel lot is 100' by 250', and was purchased in 1986. Both of these architects are still designing today laying new ground and setting precedents for future architects.
2. General Description and comparison of each of the buildings chosen
The first view of the Schnabel house is through the high ...

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