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“…A protruding glass box cantilevers over the garden. This box is frameless and provides a close connection to the garden when sitting in the built in seating area. Ash timber slats create zoning of the sitting area and wrap up and over the ceiling. These disappear into a seamless skylight…”

106 Gladstone Road by Cat Ablitt, Studio 1 Architects

The Glass House by Lina Bo Bardi

Italian architect Lina Bo Bardi and her husband Pietro Maria Bardi emigrated to Brazil in 1945. They both ended up making a significant contribution to the arts in Brazil and this is where she built their extraordinary glass home. Elevated off the ground via corbusian inspired pilotis, it hovers in masterful harmony with the surrounding vegetation. The area has since been developed but the house would have once had views over remnants of the original mata Atlantica rainforest.

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One of the most dramatic homes in Los Angeles has just been donated to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Designed in 1961 by John Lautner — an influential Southern California architect — the glass and concrete house clings to the side of a canyon. Its present owner, James Goldstein, has been revising and perfecting it for 35 years.

Goldstein — a property investor and basketball superfan — is as striking as his home. On the day of my visit he meets me in a leather cowboy hat, tight black leather pants with rows of horizontal zippers up each leg, high black boots, a blue leather jacket and a jaunty scarf around his neck. (“I’m very involved in fashion,” he tells me.)

To arrive at his house, I’ve driven up a steep hill, and down a very steep driveway. Los Angeles has its share of stunning modernist homes, but even picky architects salute this one. (Movie-makers, too — you might recognize it from The Big Lebowski or Charlie’s Angels.)

The ‘Big Lebowski’ House Is Donated To LA Art Museum

Photos: Jeff Green/LACMA and Tom Ferguson Photography/LACMA