The Petal House, originally built in the 1950s, was renovated and expanded… (Charmaine David )
"Tip the world on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles," Frank Lloyd Wright reportedly said. That looseness -- a spirit of experimentation, a refusal to be bound by convention -- will be on display June 23 when the MAK Center for Art and Achitecture hosts a tour of groundbreaking modern homes by Frank Gehry, Neil M. Denari Architects, Eric Owen Moss and artist Peter Alexander.
The tour was organized in conjunction with "Everything Loose Will Land," an exhibition at the landmark Schindler House in West Hollywood that explores the design conversation among Los Angeles architects and artists during the 1970s. Houses on the tour also are showcased in events tied to the Getty Foundation initiative "Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A."
Stops on the tour include the Spiller House in Venice (Frank Gehry, 1980), the Alan-Voo House in Mar Vista (Neil M. Denari Architects, 2007 renovation and extension), Peter Alexander Studio in Santa Monica (Peter Alexander, 1999) and the Petal House in West Los Angeles (Eric Owen Moss, 1982).
The sites will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Organizers suggest leaving three hours to see all four places. General admission is $50. A longer version of the tour that includes the 2-4-6-8 House (Morphosis, 1978) is sold out. Call (323) 651-1510 for details.
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