The view is always fundamental to a successful mid-century home. This cast iron rule was established way back in the genesis of the modernist movement’s foray into the American market, with the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, but perhaps more importantly Richard Neutra.
All of Neutra’s designs sought to converse with nature and open up their inhabitants to views of the world outside. Here we select three different such conversations: the Kauffmann house placed right in the middle of the harsh Palm Springs desert; the Pitcairn House, nestled in a woodland area; and the sublime Ebelin Bucerius House, situated so as to have the surrounding mountains render the house puny in comparison.
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Richard Neutra gets a fair amount of coverage on this site, with the legendary architect taking rightful place as one of the key progenitors of the mid-century style.
Richard Neutra‘s Pitcairn House is a very private, hidden masterpiece set on 10 conserved acres. Surrounding the property is the Pennypack Preserve, a nature conservancy with 812 acres of trails and woods. Follow the quarter mile driveway to the top of a ravine overlooking the Pennypack Creek and groves of oak, beech, maple, and poplar.
The modernist preoccupation with how the home communicates with its context is typically aimed at conveying man’s affinity with nature, with the modernist homes represented most often, including on this site, usually displaying a modest interplay between the home and its surroundings.