Stahl House, Case Study House No. 22
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Architect Pierre Koenig
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Location Los Angeles, California   map
Date 1960   timeline
Building Type house
 Construction System steel frame and flat roof deck
Climate hot, dry
Context suburban
Style Modern
Notes Stahl House, a Case Study House. Powerful minimalist forms with steel construction orchestrated with sublime elegance. Linear forms connecting visually with the LA street grid visible below.


Photo, exterior and interior with lights of Los Angeles below




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Discussion Stahl House, Case Study House No. 22 Commentary

"...Arriving in Southern California I found a similar inspiration in the new architecture of the Case Study House Program, and the work of Charles and Ray Eames, Craig Ellwood and Pierre Koenig. Koenig's architecture especially left an indelible impression.

"If I bring to mind what, for me, are some of the iconic images of twentieth-century architecture-light shining through the glass-block wall of the Maison de Verre, the volumetric clarity of the great workroom of Frank Lloyd Wright's Johnson Wax building, or the olympian roofscape of Le Corbusiers Unite in Marseilles-there is one image which burns more brightly and stays on the retina just that bit longer.

"I am thinking, of course, of the heroic night-time view of Pierre Koenig's Case Study House #22 which seems so memorably to capture the whole spirit of late twentieth-century architecture. There, hovering almost weightlessly above the bright lights of Los Angeles, spread out like a carpet below, is an elegant, light, economical and transparent enclosure whose apparent simplicity belies the rigorous process of investigation that made it possible. If I had to choose one snapshot, one architectural moment, of which I would like to have been the author, this is surely it.

"As both image and artefact, Case Study House #22 has long been a touchstone for contemporary architects, and Pierre Koenig's career-to which his wider body of work bears witness-is one of constancy, and truth to principles.

"Pierre Koenig, like his architecture, is inspirational: still enquiring, exploring and inventing, never ready to rest on his laurels. I am very pleased to be able to celebrate with him the publication of this book and to share in his enthusiasm and curiosity for building yet to come."

Norman Foster, in the foreword of Pierre Koenig, by James Steele, David Jenkins, 1998, p5.

The Creator's Words

"Industry has not learned the difference between what is beautiful in its simplicity and what is ugly although equally simple...."

"The pressure is so great that the architect is a captive. He functions best as a free agent."

—Pierre Koenig. from Esther McCoy. Case Study Houses 1945-1962. p118.


In Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, at 1636 Woods Drive

area of house: 2300 square feet

Sources on Stahl House, Case Study House No. 22

Esther McCoy. Case Study Houses 1945-1962. Second Edition. Los Angeles: Hennessey & Ingalls, Inc., 1977. ISBN 0-9121158-70-0. LC 77-14499. NA7235.C2M2 1977.

James Steele, David Jenkins. Pierre Koenig. London: Phaidon Press Limited, 1998. ISBN 0-7148-3753-9. p60 to p72, discussion, drawings, photos. — Elegant, inspiring, and comprehensive on Koenig. Beautiful photographs! Available at

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Stahl House, Case Study House No. 22


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