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Case Study Houses

Blueprints for Modern Architecture

Case Study Houses (Basic Art Series)

Case Study Houses

US$ 20
Neutra (Basic Art Series)

Neutra

US$ 20
F.L. Wright (Basic Art Series)

F. L. Wright

US$ 20
Bauhaus. Updated Edition (Bibliotheca Universalis)

Bauhaus.
Updated Edition

US$ 25
Bauhaus. Updated Edition

Bauhaus.
Updated Edition

US$ 70
Neutra. Complete Works

Neutra.
Complete Works

US$ 80
Eames (Basic Art Series)

Eames

US$ 20
Lautner (Basic Art Series)

Lautner

US$ 20
Saarinen (Basic Art Series)

Saarinen

US$ 20
Schindler (Basic Art Series)

Schindler

US$ 20

Print Editions

Julius Shulman. 'Neutra, Singleton House'

Julius Shulman.
'Neutra, Singleton House'

Edition of 60
US$ 4,500
Julius Shulman. 'Frey, Loewy House, Palm Springs'

Julius Shulman.
'Frey, Loewy House, Palm Springs'

Edition of 60
US$ 4,500
Julius Shulman. 'Frey, Frey House, Palm Springs'

Julius Shulman.
'Frey, Frey House, Palm Springs'

Edition of 60
US$ 4,500
Julius Shulman. 'Neutra, Von Sternberg House'

Julius Shulman.
'Neutra, Von Sternberg House'

Edition of 60
US$ 4,500
Julius Shulman. 'Lautner, Arango House'

Julius Shulman.
'Lautner, Arango House'

Edition of 60
US$ 4,500
Julius Shulman. 'Skinner, Skinner House'

Julius Shulman.
'Skinner, Skinner House'

Edition of 60
US$ 4,500
Julius Shulman. 'Wright, Freeman House'

Julius Shulman.
'Wright, Freeman House'

Edition of 60
US$ 4,500
Julius Shulman. 'Eames, Case Study House #8'

Julius Shulman.
'Eames, Case Study House #8'

Edition of 60
US$ 5,000
Julius Shulman. 'Neutra, Kaufman House'

Julius Shulman.
'Neutra, Kaufman House'

Edition of 60
US$ 5,000
Julius Shulman. 'Koenig, Case Study House #22'

Julius Shulman.
'Koenig, Case Study House #22'

Edition of 60
US$ 12,500

From the Archives

Biography

Julius Shulman

American photographer Julius Shulman’s images of Californian architecture have burned themselves into the retina of the 20th century. A book on modern architecture without Shulman is inconceivable. Some of his architectural photographs, like the iconic shots of Frank Lloyd Wright’s or Pierre Koenig’s remarkable structures, have been published countless times. The brilliance of buildings like those by Charles Eames, as well as those of his close friend, Richard Neutra, was first brought to light by Shulman’s photography. The clarity of his work demanded that architectural photography had to be considered as an independent art form. Each Shulman image unites perception and understanding for the buildings and their place in the landscape. The precise compositions reveal not just the architectural ideas behind a building’s surface, but also the visions and hopes of an entire age. A sense of humanity is always present in his work, even when the human figure is absent from the actual photographs. Today, a great many of the buildings documented by Shulman have disappeared or been crudely converted, but the thirst for his pioneering images is stronger than ever before.

Case Study Houses

From 1945 until 1966 the Case Study Houses program galvanized a new era of American architecture. Initiated by editor John Entenza, Arts & Architecture magazine commissioned the very best architects of the day to design a residential home which was affordable, utilized contemporary techniques and materials, and embodied the spirit of emerging mid-century modernism. The complete program included 36 designs although not all of the blueprints were realized. Of those that were constructed, mostly in the Los Angeles area, they remain some of the most visited and influential houses ever built.

While most of the prototype homes are found in California, one was built in Phoenix, Arizona and of the unbuilt designs #27 was to have been built on the east coast, in Smoke Rise, New Jersey. Encouraged by the post World War II housing boom, Entenza enlisted architects such as Richard Neutra, Raphael Soriano, Craig Ellwood, Charles and Ray Eames, Pierre Koenig, Eero Saarinen, A. Quincy Jones, and Ralph Rapson. The Stahl House, Case Study House #22, with its swimming pool, glass walls, and panoramic view of LA from the Hollywood Hills, is emblematic of the modern elegance that the program nurtured. Photographer Julius Shulman captured some of the designs in iconic black and white images.

TASCHEN’s book titles on the Case Study Houses include comprehensive floor plans, sketches, photographs, and maps of the buildings. A detailed monograph as well as a Basic Architecture Series book explore this significant experiment in the history of contemporary architecture. With its emphasis on melding livability, style, and innovation, the Case Study Houses made an important contribution to the development of 20th century design and modernist architecture.