Sheats/Goldstein House: John Lautner
Photo by Kaimar
"The purpose of Architecture is to improve human life. Create timeless, free,
joyous spaces for all activities in life. The infinite variety of these spaces can
be as varied as life itself and they must be as sensible as nature in
deriving from a main idea and flowering into a beautiful entity."
John Lautner’s Goldstein house demonstrates his idea. The house cantilevers from its clifftop site out towards Los Angeles. Its spaces blur inside and outside; its materials complement the materials and flora of its site.
To blend with the raw expression outside, the interior of the house has been constructed from all-natural materials, glass, concrete, wood, steel and leather. The house does not contain any painted items, and there are no 90-degree angles in the furniture or in the house design. Even the bed in the master bedroom fits into the angular theme of the house.
The living room [top] is lit in daylight hours by hundreds of small skylights made from inverted glasses impaled in the roof.
A large glass skylight opens over the dining room table [above], and in some places, entire glass walls, rather than windows, may be opened electronically. Shades for the translucent walls are hidden in the ceiling and are lowered with the flip of a switch.