“You need a California workout to lift it, but the book, an exhaustive homage to the houses, is worth the effort.”
"Thirty of the projects from the magazine's Case Study program are portrayed in stunning photographs, detailed drawings, and clear essays."
“Lavishly produced, handsomely illustrated.”
"...long and lean, just like a cantilevered Koenig or an elegant Ellwood."
"The large book lushly renders each project in colour and in gorgeous black, sepia and white."
Case Study Houses. The Complete CSH Program 1945-1966
Redefining the Modern Home
A monumental retrospective of the Case Study Houses programThe Case Study House program (1945–66) was an exceptional, innovative event in the history of American architecture and remains to this day unique. The program, which concentrated on the Los Angeles area and oversaw the design of 36 prototype homes, sought to make available plans for modern residences that could be easily and cheaply constructed during the postwar building boom.
The program’s chief motivating force was Arts & Architecture editor John Entenza, a champion of modernism who had all the right connections to attract some of architecture’s greatest talents, such as Richard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames, and Eero Saarinen. Highly experimental, the program generated houses that were designed to redefine the modern home, and thus had a pronounced influence on architecture—American and international—both during the program’s existence and even to this day.
TASCHEN brings you a monumental retrospective of the entire program with comprehensive documentation, brilliant photographs from the period and, for the houses still in existence, contemporary photos, as well as extensive floor plans and sketches.