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8 clearly cool glass houses

By: Matt Hickman on July 29, 2012, 5:32 p.m.
Case Study House No. 22, aka the Stahl House, with a view of Los Angeles at dusk

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Case Study House #22: Stahl House

Architect: Pierre Koenig

Location: Los Angeles

The most instantly recognizable of all the Case Study Houses, save for, perhaps, the Eames House in Pacific Palisades, Pierre Koeing’s glassy (floor-to-ceiling glass walls on three sides) modernist masterpiece is most notable for its precarious perch high above Los Angeles in the Hollywood Hills, providing dizzying views. Oh boy, those views. Featured in numerous films, music videos, ad campaigns and one very famous photograph from 1960, the privately owned Stahl House is open for public viewings and, of course, preapproved commercial use. But keep your pants on, folks: No naked bits or see-through clothing is allowed on the property. And to be clear, while Koeing is credited as the Stahl House’s architect, owner CH “Buck” Stahl was the initial designer of this iconic L.A. home where his family still lives.