All the Case Study Houses were designed as prototypes of modern and functional homes for the post-war middle class American family. Not only the design but also the building materials had to accomplish this goal. The use of steel framing for the structure for the Case Study House 1950, shows how much Raphael Soriano was interested in applying this concept adopting new technologies to the building process.
In its interiors, however, the extensive use of brick, stucco, wood paneling, and carpeting was probably a concession to a more traditional taste, somehow admitting that steel and glass houses could be less attractive to the mass market, despite the success of other Case Study Houses.
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When viewed from the street, the Case Study House 1950 has a very austere and closed elevation. However, at the back it opens up on to an expansive and dramatic view – enabled by the structural steel framework with its 10 by 20 foot modules.
Raphael Soriano designed the terrace as it emerged from the living area within by the extension of the flat steel roof around its perimeter and the shared wall of brick with the adjacent living room.
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