Kettal has launched a replica of the penthouse pavilion atop VDL Research House, the former Los Angeles home of modernist architect Richard Neutra.
Outdoor furniture manufacturer Kettal will begin selling the replica building, named the VDL Penthouse, alongside an open version with no glass called the VDL Pavilion, in 2020.
Kettal has created the single-storey VDL Penthouse to be a direct replica of the penthouse that tops the home Neutra built for himself in Los Angeles in 1932.
“Under the supervision of Dion Neutra, Richard’s son, we have used updated construction methods and materials, while respecting all of the house’s original details,” said the brand.
The key elements of the structure are a flat roof and plenty of natural light. The Austrian-American architect’s aim was to create a living space where he could interact with nature – a characteristic typical of his designs.
“The design embodies Neutra’s architectural theory of biorealism, which denotes the relationship between architecture and health,” said Kettal.
The structure is designed to offer a living space connected to nature
Both of the replica structures are designed to be ordered and installed in a variety of spaces, such as gardens, on rooftops or as part of existing properties.
VDL Research House underwent many transformations over the years, particularly after a fire destroyed the property in 1966. Neutra rebuilt it with his son Dion, which resulted in greater spatial complexity and a new rooftop atrium.
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