Kappe Residence, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Los Angeles Times named this house one of the ten best houses in Los Angeles in 2008, noting the following: ‘Even though the rules of this survey prevented panelists from citing their own projects, Ray Kappe’s house garnered enough votes from other judges to land at No. 8.‘. This house was built by architect Ray Kappe between 1965 and 1967 listed one  City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM #623) in April 1996 (more details here). The area occupied is 370 sq.m. and has six distinct towers. The towers were developed due to underground springs; it was impossible to develop ordinary foundations. Kappe said in 2004: ‘”The house still seems to touch most people – architects, students and potential clients. It has remained the one repetitive constant in my work. Our house became a prototype for many of my houses with difficult sites.‘. I loved every bit of the house so what he said then is absolutely true for me.

All photographs are taken by João Canziani.

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