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Inside the modernist LA home donated to a museum

With its unique glass windows and cement couch, the Lautner house which featured in The Big Lebowski and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle is a modernist masterpiece that has now been donated to a museum.

Designed by architect John Lautner the house was built in 1963 and current owner James Goldstein has donated the house to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Fans of the cult Coen brothers film will recognise the house as home to porn merchant Jackie Treehorn in The Big Lebowski.

Goldstein Lautner house. Picture: VHF STUDIO

The exterior of the house. Picture: VHF STUDIO

The donation includes a $US17 million endowment which will go towards the upkeep of the property.

There will be limited tours of the house and grounds while Goldstein is still living, with the house bequeathed to the museum.

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The decision was based on Goldstein’s desire to inspire up and coming architects.

“I want the house to be an educational tool for young architects, and I want to inspire good architecture for Los Angeles,” Goldstein told The Los Angeles Times.

The view from the Goldstein Lautner house. Picture: VHF STUDIO

The view from the house as seen above the concrete couch.  Picture: VHF STUDIO

Goldstein purchased the property in 1972 for $US185,000 and has altered it with the help of Lautner and his associates. The minimalist concrete, glass and wooden furniture along with the frameless glass are just some of the alterations that have been made by Goldstein.

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The home, which has its own nightclub, has hosted many soirees including Rihanna’s 27th birthday party where Jay Z, Leonardo DiCaprio and Mick Jagger partied the night away.

The nightclub at the house. Picture: VHF STUDIO

The nightclub at the house.  Picture: Kristin Fliehler

The five-bedroom house sits above Beverly Hills and is famous for its coffered ceiling living room and unique design.

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It sits on a 1.6ha block, made up of land Goldstein has acquired from properties bordering his own over many years.

The garden at the Lautner house. Picture: VHF STUDIO

Goldstein insisted on a tropical garden for the house.  Picture: VHF STUDIO

The Lautner house is considered an icon of post-war American architecture and its modernist vision makes it “one of the most important houses in all of LA,” according to the museum’s director Michael Govan.

Goldstein Lautner house. Picture: VHF STUDIO

The house is considered an icon of post-war minimalist design. Picture:VHF STUDIO

Lautner is famous for his space age designs which have also featured in films such as Diamonds are ForeverLess Than ZeroLethal Weapon 2 andBody Double.


Published by: aaron in News

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