The Case Study House-programme, which ran from 1945 to 1966, is singular in the history of American architecture. It was innovative, extraordinary and remains, to this day, unique. Concentrating on the L.A.-area, 36 prototypical houses were designed in order to have affordable, modern houses for the post-war building boom. The programme worked with architects it challenged to redefine the modern home. It had a lasting influence on American and international architecture, both while it was running and after. Among the architects were stars such as Richard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen.

Despite being initiated by John Entenza and his art and architecture-magazine „Arts and Architecture“ and being photographed brilliantly by Julius Shulman, the programme was not a success. Nevertheless, the series of houses is considered revolutionary and unique to this day and the houses are amongst the icons of post-war design.

 

Director: Reto Caduff

Status: in pre-production