Raphael S Soriano’s pioneering LA prefab Grossman House is for sale

The aluminium Studio City bolthole has original interiors

Corrugated metal gets a glamorous makeover at this 1964 Studio City midcentury house, which dissolves into its tropical setting and is listed via Architecture For Sale for $3.275m.

The prefab Grossman House by architect Raphael S Soriano has a pioneering metal and glass design. The live/work home is Soriano’s first and only remaining all-metal houses, built for aluminium contractor Albert Grossman, earning it its moniker.

Its lightweight aluminium frame is wrapped in anodized woven metal sheets that ‘never need painting’ and features overhanging corrugated metal ceilings and a solarium upper floor laid out as an office. Grossman was so pleased with its convenient, low maintenance design that he called it ‘El Paradiso’.

Inside the 3,880-sq-ft Los Angeles property are colourful plastic laminate interiors and glass walls that make the outdoor pool and its surrounding tropical planting feel part of the open-plan living areas. Other highlights include an original yellow Formica kitchen, cork panelling, room dividers, and black terrazzo floor tiles that reflect light and colours from the garden.

Photography: Cameron Carothers
Photography: Cameron Carothers
Photography: Cameron Carothers
Photography: Cameron Carothers
Photography: Cameron Carothers
Photography: Cameron Carothers

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