Sit back and let Ice Cube (apparently a former architectural drafter) be your somewhat unorthodox architectural guide of the legendary Eames House completed in 1949 as Case Study House #8. Slick video, tough delivery.
The house is located at 203 N Chautauqua Boulevard, Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles. View a map of the idyllic location. With all the surrounding Eucalypts (gum trees), it always decieves me into thinking the Eames House is located in Australia. No such luck, as California is dotted with Eucalypt groves since we shipped some seeds over to the States in the 1850s.
For more details on the house – particularly those not presented by a rapper – browse the following sources:
- The official Eames House History can be found at the Eames Foundation.
- Eames House National Historic Landmark Nomination (PDF) by the NPS which includes a detailed history of the house and it’s significance. The house was designated a National Historic Landmark (USA) in 2006.
- The wonderful archival resource of Arts & Architecture (thanks Taschen) has an overview of the Case Study Houses (CSH) and both the original CSH announcement (PDF) from January 1945 and the A&A magazine article on the Eames House (PDF) from December 1949.
- The Eames House listing on the Docomomo (US) register.
- A neat university paper (PDF) on the house with clear scale drawings and a series of architectural diagrams.
[via my good friend Nick from Roller… credit goes to him for suggesting the title too, so no complaints to me!]