Some images have been recreated so many times over that viewers who have never experienced the site firsthand feel as though they have through the hackneyed use of social media. To overcome this specifically with Pierre Koenig’s Stahl House, otherwise known as Case Study House No. 22, in the Hollywood Hills, film director Terrence Malick takes an alternative shot through the living room to the back of the house rather than the city scape of Los Angeles.
As architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne says, the shot captures "a piece of architecture that is as self-possessed as ever but also sagging a bit and showing its age," just like Malick's technique in a culture where we consume images voraciously.
Still, those interested in the architecture and art will find joy in pinpointing notable sites in Southern California, such as John Portman's Bonaventure Hotel, John Parkinson’s Los Angeles Athletic Club, Minoru Yamasaki's Century Plaza Towers and their neighbor, and Gensler's CAA building, better known as the Death Star, amongst others.
To read more of Christopher Hawthorne's article, go to the Los Angeles Times.