Pierre Koenig’s twisting Schwartz House lists for the first time

The Case Study architect’s last project

A twisting glass and steel home that was Pierre Koenig’s last ever project has listed for $4.4m in Los Angeles County.

The Santa Monica property was completed in 1994 and owes its striking appearance to the four huge steel bars that enclose the home and raise it off the ground. Its skewered, cube-like shape is designed to make the most of the available sunlight, which pours in through huge windows.

Inside the home – listed with The Value of Architecture for $4.4m – interiors are minimal, with a focus on hardwood floors and white walls. Although there is a flash of unexpected colour from the bright yellow staircase that leads to the property’s four bedrooms.

Photography: Cameron Carothers / The Value of Architecture

These also have sliding glass doors which open onto terraces overlooking the garden. A guesthouse, with its own entrance, is located at the bottom of the building, and could also be used as a gym or office.

It’s the first time Schwartz House has been offered since its commission. The owners have given the home a pre-sale spruce, installing new appliances and a new roof, as well as refinishing the floors as they prepare to hand it over to a new generation of custodians.

Photography: Cameron Carothers / The Value of Architecture
Photography: Cameron Carothers / The Value of Architecture
Photography: Cameron Carothers / The Value of Architecture
Photography: Cameron Carothers / The Value of Architecture

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