These houses were to be built and furnished using materials and techniques derived from the experiences of the Second World War. Each home would be for a real or hypothetical client, taking into consideration each of the particular housing needs. Case Study House 8 proposed that the house be built for a married couple working in design and graphic arts, whose children were no longer living at home. The design used pre-fabricated materials ordered from industrial and commercial catalogs. The parts were ordered and the Bridge House design was published in the December issue of the magazine, however, due to a war-driven shortage, the steel did not arrive until late
Eames House and Studio (Case Study House #8) | Los Angeles Conservancy
Architecture is nothing more than a practical combination of arts and science, and nothing symbolized this triumphal combination more than Case Study houses, a high point in modern American architecture. Between the mids and the mids, major architects of the day were invited to design affordable and efficient model homes, and some thirty of them were built, mostly in Southern California. Thus this experiment in residential architecture was gloriously captured by Shulman in his iconic black and white photographs. In the photo, the cantilevered living room appears to float diaphanously above Los Angeles. Yet this view was created as meticulously as the house itself.
If steel is holding up the entire structure, why cover it with wood to appear as if the wood is effortlessly bearing the load? That is architectural dishonesty in its highest form. Here is a list of the most vital Eames House parts, including their original war-time intent and why Charles and Ray wanted the house to be respectful and representative of the innate qualities of its materials.
It was designed and constructed in by husband-and-wife Charles and Ray Eames to serve as their home and studio. They lived in their home until their deaths: Charles in and Ray, ten years to the day, in It was a home filled with gifts from friends, family and colleagues.