Touring an Icon of Modern Architecture in Los Angeles, California
R.M. Schindler worked for Frank Lloyd Wright who sent him to Los Angeles in 1920. There, he built the Kings Road House, famous for its sliding screens, concrete slab walls and its new layout of domestic space. Built in 1922, this innovative design was conceived as a dwelling for two families with a shared "utility room." Four rooms within the private dwelling areas were meant to be assigned specifically to an occupant. Inside the house you are immediately aware of the Yosemite inspiration for this odd home. It really feels like a wilderness camp, with fireplaces everywhere and concrete and wood surfaces to boot. The MAK Center has an office in the original garage—this branch of Austria's Museum of Applied Arts holds openings in the house and keeps it open to the public.