By: William J. Mitchell
The award-winning work of Koning Eizenberg reveals the influence of Southern California's unique modernist tradition and earlier craftsman and bungalow architecture, as well as Los Angeles's stucco dingbat apartments and strip centers, arid climate, and strong natural colors. One of the most widely published of California architecture firms, Koning Eizenberg is best known for innovative, low-cost housing of all types in Los Angeles and its beach communities of Venice and Santa Monica: single room occupancy hotels, multi-family housing, artists' lofts, and single-family houses. In the last ten years, this rapidly expanding firm has designed many other projects, including a community center, offices for film production companies, a municipal gymnasium, and additions to the historic Farmer's Market in Los Angeles.
This first monograph on the firm features 26 projects and three essays, illustrated with photographs, plans, and Koning and Eizenberg's signature facade sketches and composition studies. Among the buildings included in this volume are Electric ArtBlock, twenty units of artists' work-from-home housing in Venice; the Simone Hotel, an SRO in downtown Los Angeles; the Ken Edwards Center for Community Services in Santa Monica; the Materials Research Laboratory at the University of California at Santa Barbara; Koning and Eizenberg's own house in Santa Monica; and ten additional single-family houses and additions.