Originally Posted by gamelan
relatively modern considering the history of architecture, Rudolf Schindler's home built in 1928 was his model for low cost pre fab home construction. for the life of me, i can't find good pictures of two of my favorite features of the home, the outdoor fireplaces and the 2nd floor sleeping baskets which were basically bedrooms with a frame but no windows or walls covered with ivy and completely exposed to the elements.
Rudolph Schindler was one of the creative talents that fled the increasing lunacy of Germany in the era before Hitler ascended to power. Many of those talented people found a home in Southern California; Schindler was one of them.
If I recall correctly, a dentist in the greater Los Angeles area commissioned Schindler to build a dozen summer or beach homes with Sleeping Baskets
at Windan’sea Beach in La Jolla. Constructed in the 1920s, the homes are only a half-mile away from our primary residence. They are situated between Playa del Sur and Gravilla Streets west of La Jolla Boulevard. The project design is known as El Pueblo Ribera
Over the years, fire, general neglect, and unsympathetic remodeling have taken a terrible toll on the original poured concrete designs. Each wall is poured in horizontal layers, one layer atop the other. Your can see the layer lines in the photos below. I have visited seven of the twelve cottages over the years between 1970 and 1981. I spent many a cold foggy night in one of the original and open-to-the-elements Sleeping Baskets
as a guest of a family member of one home’s owners. We would clamber out of our sleeping bags in the pre-dawn light to be the very first surfers into the water on some of those mornings. The Sleeping Baskets
of all the homes are enclosed today.
Two books featuring the Pueblo Ribera homes were published in the 1960s and 1970s. The best photos of the homes are in the archives of the La Jolla Historical Society. Eleven of the homes remain with a variety of existing modifications in place. A fire gutted the twelfth more than twenty years ago. It was not rebuilt.
Originally, the homes were intended only for seasonal use in the summer and early autumn when the daily temperatures make it pleasant. The three images in the triptych below don’t really represent the site-specific nature of the homes in proximity to the beach less than one hundred yards away. At the time they were built, they stood proud alongside a little gully away from other homes in the area. The left and center photos are from the time of construction while the image on the right was made only a few years ago. Today, the structures are nearly buried alongside other neighborhood structures on the two serpentine streets in the densely overbuilt beach area.
Schindler’s use of concrete was in stark contrast to the steel used by another famous contemporary, Richard Neutra. Many examples of designs by each architect remain in San Diego and other parts of southern California today. Here is a link with a little more information and its own list of links. http://www.greatbuildings.com/buildi...Ribera_Ct.html