The Pierre Koenig Residence (#2)

The Pierre Koenig Residence (#2)

Pierre Koenig Residence – 1221 Dorothy St, Brentwood

There are many, many, homes all over Los Angeles with serious architectural pedigree and it’s very satisfying when you happen to own one. What’s far less common is to have the opportunity to buy a house designed by one of the pre-eminent architects as his own home. That’s what this blog post is about. And the architect is Pierre Koenig.

Pierre Koenig - Case Study #22, Stahl House

I realize that many people reading this may not be all that familiar with the names of the many architects based in LA that made a significant impact on the Mid-century Modern movement, and whose aesthetic captured the world’s imagination in a big way throughout the 1950-60’s. However, I can say with a fairly high degree of certainty that you are likely familiar with at least one home designed by Pierre Koenig. That would be Case Study #22 (above). Also known as The Stahl House, it was built in 1960 and is one of the most photographed homes in the world. In fact, it’s the very first photo that you see when you land on this website’s home page.

 

Pierre Koenig Residence

Back to the Koenig Residence, the home is comprised of two distinct volumes.  At the front, a one-story section holds a semi-detached office and a den, both of which open to a small courtyard. The rear section of the home is composed of the main living spaces on the ground floor and 3 bedrooms are on the second level. It’s the way in which these sections are interconnected that makes the design special. First off, the front section is at ground level and the rear section is raised a little bit. The elevation change is minor, but it’s enough to create a distinct sense of separation.

Pierre Koenig Residence

But my favorite thing about the design is the elegant cluster of staircases and bridges that connect the downstairs living spaces with the second level bedrooms. And all of this is created beneath a 30-foot ceiling and enough windows to make you question whether you are indoors or just chilling in a cozy, sunlit fishbowl.  Functionally, the ceiling height offers the dual benefit of allowing heat to rise, thus keeping the spaces cooler on warm days and provides great acoustics for listening to music – especially when it’s live.

Pierre Koenig Residence

A surprising fact about this home is the year it was built: 1985!  Koenig was 60 at the time and it was actually the second home he built for himself. The first, which was in Glendale, was built in 1950 and eventually razed to accommodate the expansion of the 2 freeway. (Ah, life in L.A.) But one would never guess the year built by its appearance, as it embodies all the hallmarks of a Koenig-design from the earliest years of his career.  Specifically, a frame constructed with exposed steel beams with walls of glass.  He designed forty-something homes in this style.

Pierre Koenig Residence

His use of these materials reflected a design philosophy rooted in the belief that industrial materials were optimally suited for constructing homes that are distinctive in their style, environmentally friendly, and affordable.  Not to mention, relatively easy to build. It’s reported that the frame for this home was erected in one day. In its current form, white paint helps the steel beams to virtually disappear.

Pierre Koenig Residence

Koenig passed away in 2004, but his wife continued to reside in the home until 2017. Since then the kitchen was updated by the current owners, but they maintained the overall layout/design. Likewise, the bathrooms have been updated, but they have also been done in a way that is very much in harmony with the home’s design.

From the kitchen and dining room it’s just a couple of steps out to the…

Pool of Pierre Koenig Residence

…backyard pool and patio. Adjacent to the pool is the carport with a retractable wall…

Carport / Cabana at Pierre Koenig Residence

…that allows it to be transformed into a cabana, perfect for any outdoor bash.

A beautiful and highly functional home from top-to-bottom, and front-to-back, is what one would expect to find in a home designed by a renowned architect for himself and his family. And that is precisely what we have here. Anyone that is fortunate enough to land this property will surely enjoy it for many years. And, of course, have serious bragging rights, as well.

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12221 Dorothy Street, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Architect: Pierre Koenig
List Price: $4,995,000
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5
Sq Feet: 2,827
Lot Size: 6,002
Year Built: 1985
Air: Dual, Ceiling Fan
Floor: Other
Parking: Carport, Auto Driveway Gate
Views: Other
Fireplace: Living Room
MLS #: 24-349449

Listing Courtesy of Dalton Gomez and Aaron Kirman of Christie’s AKG.

Note: Information above reflects market status as of the date this post was originally published. Feel free to call for current market status.

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