Case Study Houses

An exercise in 3d digital modelling combined with a fascination with mid century residential architecture gave rise to David Hollywood creating 3d models of the Entenza House by Charles Eames & Eero Saarinen(Case Study House no.9) and the iconic Stahl House by Pierre Koenig (Case Study House no.22) in Los Angeles. These models have been built in various platforms including Sketchup & 3ds Max and are represented here in animation & still reproductions. A furnished immersive model of the Entenza House can be found in Second Life.

Case Study Houses

Immediatelty after World War II,  John Entenza, editor of Arts & Architecture Magazine in California, invited a number of emerging architects to create houses that would capture the public's imagination by introducing new ideas about how they might live in the future. The houses were produced between 1945 and 1962 and continue to have an impact on housing design to this day.   

For a good description of the project click the following link

http://www.artsandarchitecture.com/case.houses/

I have been expanding my 3d modelling capabilities and chose to model two of the Case Study Houses in various platforms including Sketchup and 3ds Max. An immersive and furnished model of the Entenza house can also be found in Second Life.

The two examples of the Case Study Houses featured here are No.9 by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen for John Entenza (1950) and the No.22 by Pierre Koenig for Buck Stahl (1960). Both homes utilise steel to open up interior space.  Large expanses of glass capture the sun and bring the outdoors in. To an Australian eye, these homes appear very Australian. Entenza sits in a grove of eucalypts which adds to the illusion.


No.9

The designs for the Entenza House by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen were first published in 1945. Many of the concepts and styling would not appear in the mainstream until the 1960s.

Case Study House no.9 Entenza House today

Case Study House no.9 Entenza House today

For more detail on the house and its design click here

My Sketchup model illustrates the bare bones. The furnished model in the virtual world of Second Life provides visitors with the opportunity to interact with others and the environment in virtual space. Doors and windows can be opened. Replicas of the furniture, seen in the original images of the house, can be sat upon. From my point of view, this is a much more satisfying experience of "modelling" than a prescriptive walkthrough.

Julis Schulman image of the original interior

Julis Schulman image of the original interior

Images of immersive model of the Entenza House in Second Life

Case Study House no.9 on display in Second Life


No.22

For many people, The Stahl House has come to represent something quintessentially L.A.

It floats above the city, dissolving in reflections, water, glass, that hovering roof, the overhang...

A bare bone version of the model was created in Sketchup so that I could work out dimensions and understand the layout. A selection of the final 3ds Max images follows.

Images of 3D Studio Max model by David Hollywood. 

Study of the Stahl House in Sketchup