ok, i promised some updates featuring buildings with honest to goodness architectural significance, so: here’s a building with honest to goodness architectural significance.
a rare oscar neimeyer designed round spaceship building in the middle of l.a (well, the middle of west hollywood, which would be on the outskirts of l.a if you lived in east l.a).
apparently oscar neimeyer designed this amazing building in 1974 for a plastic surgeon and then it was bought in the 80’s by mark mothersbaugh from devo (i’m going to name-drop; i learned these things from mark when i was over there the other day).
i’m posting black and white pictures but if possible i highly recommend seeing it for yourself(ves), as in person it’s bright, swimming-pool green.
although now that i think about it i don’t know of too many bright green swimming pools.
so i guess ‘swimming pool green’ kind of makes no sense.
how about…7-up green?
or shamrock green?
you get the point: it’s bright green.
in context it’s amazing and random, as it’s surrounded by some egregiously banal west hollywood architecture. but smack dab in the
epicenter of tawdry west hollywood there’s this amazing oscar neimeyer designed green mark mothersbaugh spaceship.
ok, a few apologies.
or a couple of apologies.
i was in nyc, so i couldn’t send in new oddball pictures of l.a architecture.
or new pictures of oddball l.a architecture.
second apology: these pictures are in color.
because, simply, it was a beautiful day and this house is/was surrounded by all sorts of great tropical trees.
i love this house because it makes no sense to me whatsoever.
it’s cute and little but has some pretty grand corbusier-esque concrete swoops and some odd rectilinear windows and some odd round porthole windows and it sort of feels like a sub-tropical glamorous concrete bunker and i feel like oscar niemeyer would live here when he’s in l.a.
although i’m not sure if oscar neimeyer was ever in l.a.
a short story: one time i was in rio driving through the tijuca forest and we rounded a corner and a friend of mine said ‘that’s where oscar neimeyer lives.’
and i was stunned into silence (because oscar neimeyer is a genius).
and oscar neimeyer’s house in the tijuca forest somehow reminded me of this little house in hollywood.
ok, so far i’ve had a non-buckminster fuller house and a non-oscar neimeyer house (unless some smart person tells me that this was, in fact, built by oscar neimeyer. that would be cool).
i guess i should stop being lazy and do some research and figure out who builds all of these houses.
ok, here’s the non-oscar neimeyer house in the hollywood jungle.
and oh, the odd blue house next to it is pretty cool, too.