ArchDaily and Archilogic contributor Christa Gerbert shares an in-depth, virtual look inside the Entenza House, a steel-framed home designed by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen.
Conceived as part of The Case Study Program initiated by John Entenza in 1945, the model offered the public an example of modern housing at a low cost. It is sited a short distance away from the Charles and Ray Eames’ house, which was also constructed as part of the program.
[The Entenza House] was built in 1949 almost exactly the way it was published in Arts and Architecture, as a rigorous steel and glass construction with an open and adaptable space, which could be modified depending on the number of family members and guests. The architects placed four columns in the center of the structure with the goal of creating a spacious interior with as little obstruction as possible. In keeping with this principle, the communal area of the house, which was 11 meters (36 feet) long, could be divided into different relaxation, dining and meeting areas. The floor in the living room had different levels, which created steps that could be used as informal seats.