Hollywood Hills, California 90068
Pierre Koenig, F.A.I.A. The Michael Gantert Residence, 1983 Inspired by the purity of Koenig’s steel and glass Case Study Houses, and sensing the revival of Hollywood, young businessman Michael Gantert took a leap of faith building a new steel and glass house on a rare Hollywood Hills ridge site to survey the coming boom. The residence was to be one of the last houses of Koenig’s built before his death, and with its astonishing view site stands with Case Study House #22 as his most dramatic work. Gantert Residence is sited at the end of a gated road. Appearing as a giant cubist sculpture from Hollywood Boulevard, the residence is cantilevered off its plinth-like lower service core, and as a result seemingly floats out over the ridge. In order to directly access the open plan entertainment/living area, entry at street level is actually on the second floor, with the bedroom areas below. While understated, the luxury of the space is underscored with marble baths and a generous walk-in closet, a necessity nonexistent in Pierre Koenig’s earlier Case Study Projects. Residence includes: Open plan living, dining and kitchen area, laundry, three bedrooms, and two additional baths.