Designed between 1926 and 1939 by R.M. Schindler (1887–1953), one of the forefathers of Modern architecture, this holiday home in Los Angeles is at the apex of a sixteen-unit complex in the Silver Lake neighborhood.
It is said that Schindler likened this hillside residential complex to European hillside communities as might be found in Greece and was keenly interested in the relationship of the outdoor spaces to the interior design of his buildings.
Inspired by Le Corbusier and trained under Frank Lloyd Wright, many of Schindler’s designs feature attention to the seamless transition from indoors to outdoors and employ extensive use of glass and wood – characteristics of the Modernist style with which he is usually associated.
Schindler’s client for the project was his friend Herman Sachs (1883–1940), a Romanian-born muralist and decorator known for his work on the Bullocks Wilshire Building, Union Station, and City Hall. The design choices emphasize Sachs’ dream for the idea of community throughout the property—for it to be a gathering place for arts and entertainment.
In 2015 five of the apartment units, including the Penthouse, underwent an extensive restoration. The goal of the restoration was to honor Schindler’s original design and intent while updating each space for how we live today. The original cabinetry, finishes, and Schindler-designed furniture were carefully researched and, wherever possible, restored or re-created. The interior design of all five apartment units was done by local firm Platform Home, with landscaping created by local firm, Terremoto.
Ahead of its time and a visionary testament to Schindler’s modern concepts of structural simplicity and individuality, this hilltop home remains as relevant and modern today as it was revolutionary in the 1920s.