Centennial 2022

Photographer Unknown, “Construction of the Schindler House using the Slab-Tilt process,” 1922. Building: R.M. Schindler. Courtesy of R. M. Schindler Collection, Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara

To usher in the 100-year anniversary of the Schindler House, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture presents the Schindler House Centennial Celebration, a summer long, citywide program exploring the pivotal century of the first modern house in Los Angeles by Austrian-American architect R.M. Schindler.

In 2022, one hundred years after its original construction, the experimental spirit of the Schindler House remains unfinished. Designed and built in 1922 by Austrian-American architect R.M. Schindler, the house and studio on Kings Road is rightfully considered among the world’s first modern houses. In his radical re-conception of California living, Schindler introduced features to his experimental house that shattered the convention of the “single family” house: open plans, outdoor living patios, seven fireplaces, and two sleeping baskets. The Schindler House was not only an architectural experiment but a social one, coupling two families in one building which theoretically housed no single front door. After his death in 1953, the architect left no instructions as to how his architectural and social experiment might continue, or whether and how such an experiment might end.

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