John LautnerJohn LautnerJohn LautnerChemosphere Treehouse

In the land of earthquakes, you have to be out-of-your-mind to reside in a house built on stilts.  So, I guess it’s a good thing Frank Lloyd Wright’s disciple, John Lautner, designed a 29-foot-high, 5-foot-wide concrete column to hold up his “chemosphere.”

Following Wright’s example of building unlivable houses, the concrete column might be the only practical aspect of this home.  But, sometimes you have to travel from your driveway to your doorway by funicular if you want to wake up every morning with the best view.

Farther up the hill, there’s a funny shaped pod.  From what I can tell, either John Lautner also designed a tree house or some Hollywood Hills residents are harboring aliens.

For an excellent LA Times article about this landmarked home, check here:,0,2280421.htmlstory


Posted on December 2, 2011, in Hollywood Hills and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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