A group of 1990s buildings and follies at Hayden Tract, Culver City, by Eric Owen Moss for Samitaur Constructs. Most are extensions to existing factories. See also the Stealth Building nearby.
You must book in advance to visit. You can catch Big Blue Bus #9 straight there from Santa Monica, but you’ll need a map as it isn’t visible from the street. The house is in mint condition, and the interiors have been preserved from when the Eames lived there. If you’ve done a half decent sketch let them know a they are intending to publish a book of them (2006). The neighbour’s house is also by the Eames, you can peek over the fence.
Very large and lots of cold stone. Angelos love to lie on the lawns in Summer. And bloody hard to get to and from on the infrequent bus… what do you expect from an oil magnate. It’s free.
The developers, one who looked a bit like David Crosby, were old hippies (in the best sense) who felt they were doing great things for Hayden Tract when they transformed it with a number of Eric Owen Moss buildings in the 1990s. Samitaur continue to work closely with Eric Owen Moss Architects. See also some of the other buildings in Hayden Tract.
Not the smoothest of jobs for architect Rafael Moneo, a very difficult client I hear. Most of his design looks fairly intact, if you avoid the crypt.