Walstrom House by John Lautner

October 13th, 2011

John Lautner was a California based architect that built very inspiring public buildings and private residences. The Walstrom house was constructed in 1969 into the side of a hill in the Santa Monica mountains just outside of Los Angeles. My main interest in this home is of course the use of wood, but also the asymmetrical structure.

Photos by Jon Buono

Posted by on 10/13/11 in Architecture, Design

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  1. He is my favorite architect for sure, unbelievable living space, I feel like you could not not be creative in that house :)
    good find

  2. wamblewire says:

    Incredible. A very comfortable looking treehouse on a hill.

  3. Langley says:

    That looks like the house that the Cullin’s live in from Twilight.

  4. Aster says:

    There is so much funky feng shui in this house I wouldn’t know where to begin to fix it.

  5. H says:


  6. Jeff says:

    Yes Aster, because feng shui is actually a valid profession/theory.

  7. Art says:

    Wow, what a beautiful house. I have always striven to bring a balance between modern design and nature. John Lautner has done a wonderful job with his use of wood and hard edge geometry. The natural light in this home is phenomenal.

  8. MrFlowers says:

    I’d love to live in this house. The glass panel walls are fantastic.

  9. Milton Morais says:


    Project houses on the hills is something very very hard to do and what you did is awesome!
    Your design joins nature and confort in the same atmosphere. The natural light entrance is cool!
    Congrats !

  10. Shelby White says:

    @Milton, thanks for commenting. The house is by the great architect John Lautner. You can see more of his works here: http://johnlautner.org/

    We’re also working to find out who the photographer was for these photos!

  11. HC says:

    I dont like the lines it creates on the exterior. Living space feels zen thou

  12. Lilly says:

    When may I move in?!

  13. Miguex says:

    He is one of my favorite architects!
    I recently stayed with my girl at the Lautner Hotel in Palm Springs, CA
    Here are some of my photos:

  14. Shelby White says:

    Thats awesome. Thanks for sharing those!

  15. avesha says:

    unbelievable… where i’d love to spend my new years! just gorgeous architecture… breathtaking.

  16. Lance Strish says:

    House if seen in video game ‘Heavy Rain’ in first level

  17. fertilaid says:

    Does anyone know what that large piece of wood protruding above the bookcase in the 2nd photo is? And is it currently open to public or do people live there now?

  18. Dave says:

    Another stunning house by Lautner. The elements all work so well together. Those stairs, those cool book shelves, all the glass open to the view. This guy was an artist with putting the pieces together just right.

  19. m says:

    Love the library but I hope the windows are UV cause all that sun is going to do some damage to those books!

  20. Knightly says:

    Feng shui seems more popular abroad than at home.

  21. Knightly says:

    it is a fabulous house that makes my eyes open——i used to believe that john lautner could only make concrete miracle.well done~!

  22. Knightly says:

    yeah,but his Goldstein House is still my favourite.

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  31. James Ebert says:

    My friend Rick Morris was appraising this home for estate purposes, and allowed me to join him. The home is very playful and provocative. And on a personal scale that I had not seen since I visited the Schaffer House, also by early Lautner. The daughter of the original owner then took us up hill to see the canyon views, just behind the house.

    Don’t miss the 25th anniversary re-release of the Lautner film: The Spirit in Architecture.

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