Pierre Koenig was born and raised in California. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Koenig would first study at Pasadena City College and ultimately the University of Southern California. The architecture program at USC was widely considered one of the best in the country with faculty including Gregory Ain, A Quincy Jones, William Pereira, Richard Neutra, Conrad Buff and Don Hensman to name but a few that graced its halls. He designed an award winning steel framed house while still in college.
While working as a draftsman for Raphael Soriano, he would capture the attention of John Entenza, the publisher of Arts and Architecture. John would enlist Pierre to design two houses, Case study 21 and Case Study 22, for his influential program to create efficient and inexpensive houses to help with America’s post war housing need. Case Study 22, The Stahl House, is arguably the most famous modern house in Los Angeles due to a famous photograph of Julius Shulman.
An exceptional modernist house built in the 80’s? Why, yes, Koenig House #2 by modernist architect Pierre Koenig is quite the specimen. This home represents one of over forty steel and glass residences built by the architect during his career.
It’s astounding that the architect responsible for Case Study Houses #21 and #22 in the 50’s and 60’s was still building homes in the 90’s. As as a graduate of the USC School of Architecture, Koenig was exposed to and worked with many of the most notable modernist architects of his day. The Schwartz house in Santa Monica’s Rustic Canyon would be the last of his designs built during his lifetime.
Pierre Koenig, FAIA, Architect | Beagles House, 1963.In the hills above the well-known surf spot where Sunset meets the Pacific Coast Highway, with spectacular ocean views of the so-called Queens Necklace from the Palisades to Palos Verdes with Catalina Island beyond, this mid-century modern work of art remains untouched, in pristine original condition
Stunning Pierre Koenig Brentwood Home, the residence of legendary architect Pierre Koenig, FAIA, hits the market for the first time. Koenig the ‘Rock Star’ of mid-century modernism, and genius behind Case Study Houses #21 and #22, two of the most-photographed and chronicled modern homes of that time.
The Bailey House Pierre Koenig Case Study 21 house, perched above the famed Sunset Strip. Built between 1956-58 the house was designed on a north and south axis in order to maximize sunlight in the winter and screen it out during the summer.
This La Cañada Mid Century home is a unique illustration of master modernist Pierre Koenig’s early work. Built in 1953, the Squire House exemplifies his experimental structural steel system and palette of industrial materials that he later used for his famed Case Study houses #21, 1958, and #22, 1959.