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Wednesday, April 07, 2004
Jim Smith mentioned to me that he had noted the passing of architect Pierre Koenig, and asked if he was some kind of hot-shot guy.
The article probably says it best-- As luck would have it, there is a Julius Schulman website (from a 1998 exhibition at the Fisher Gallery at USC) where you can see his photos of Case Study 21 and Case Study 22, as well as Koenig's house in Santa Monica. You can also get a daylight glimpse of the present-day version of the Case Study 22 house at this site, and a large format version of the original here. If you like to read, this book is probably as good as any other at exploring Koenig's work and philosophy, especially considering he was a co-author.
Koenig's work and those of his contemporaries defined modern American architecture in the early 1960s--the crispness and bold forms and simple construction vocabulary, combined with striking natural settings influenced, and was spread by, a generation of architects as well as movie makers, advertisers, photographers, artists, and just regular everyday folks.
So, he was a pretty big deal.
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