Schindler's Paradise: Architectural Resistance

  • Exhibition
  • Publication

835 N Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069

In response to the proposal for a new condominium at 825 N Kings Road, directly next door to the Schindler House, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture initiated a design invitational. Proposals were solicited from a roster of both established and emerging architects worldwide. Each was asked to submit an alternative vision for the property at 825 N Kings Road, one that created a positive tension with the Schindler House and its idyllic grounds. A jury consisting of distinguished and well-respected professionals selected three premiere projects from those received: the proposals by Odile Decq + Benoît Cornette, Peter Eisenman, and Zaha Hadid Architects. All of the submissions were featured in a publication and exhibition at the MAK Center. 

Related events

Jury at Schindler House to review architecture proposals, followed by press reception, June 11, 2003.

Architect Roberto Gottardi (Havana, Cuba) hosted an Italian dinner, prepared by MAK Center director Kimberli Meyer, and presented his work in the context of architecture and politics at the dawn of the 21st century. Gottardi served on the jury for Schindler’s Paradise, July 2, 2003.

Opening reception and panel discussion for the exhibition, August 6, 2003.

Presentation of the publication Architectural Resistance: Contemporary Architects face Schindler Today. Contributors Norman Klein and Joseph Giovannini were in conversation, November 23, 2003. 


Architectural Resistance: Contemporary Architects Face Schindler Today
When the property to the south of Rudolph M. Schindler’s historic house and studio on Kings Road in Los Angeles was sold to a developer a question urgently emerged: How does one build next to the Schindler House? Architectural Resistance: Contemporary Architects Face Schindler Today presented 20 proposals in the context of a discussion about architecture, urban change, site, and historic preservation. Edited by Peter Noever. Essays by Joseph Giovannini, Norman Klein, Kimberli Meyer, Eran Neuman, Peter Noever and Lebbeus Woods; published by: Hatje Cantz.