The Stahl House is stunning, especially at night as the lights come up across Los Angeles. Chances are, neither Stahl nor architect Pierre Koenig knew the house would become a symbol of a particular time and place — or that it would inspire designers and artists decades later.
For a photographer, the interplay of structure and landscape is astonishing. The house sits at the end of a narrow road, at the edge of a cliff, hanging out over space. And it’s almost all glass. How do I light the space? How will I work with glare, reflection and shadows?
I found it interesting that the house feels wide open and yet sheltered. You can see across the Los Angeles basin all the way to the mountains and infinity. Birds hover at eye level. If you slide open the walls, you can smell the grasses and everything in the air. You are immersed in weather — sunlight or storm. And yet it’s calming. It’s a sanctuary away from the noise and hustle of the city.