AKA: Chemosphere House, Los Angeles, CA; Taschen, Benedikt and Angelika, House, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Arahuete, Helena, Architect (firm); Escher GuneWardena Architecture (firm); Lautner, John E., Architect (firm); de la Vaux, John, Building Contractor (firm); Helena Arahuete (architect); Frank Escher (architect); Ravi GuneWardena (architect); John Edward Lautner Jr. (architect); John de la Vaux (building contractor)

Dates: constructed 1960

1 story, total floor area: 2,208 sq. ft.

776 Torreyson Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90046

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Hollywood Hills

Building History

Architect John Lautner designed this residence for the aerospace engineer, Leonard Malin, his wife and four children. In order to supervise the building process, Malin took a year's leave from work. John de la Vaux served as the Building Contractor for this faceted, circular dwelling mounted on a 27-foot-high, reinforced concrete pole. Lautner worked previously with de la Vaux on his Carling House (1947).

Building Notes

Access to the house, occupying a very steep hillside, was gained by a funicular railroad.


German publishers, Benedikt and Angelika Taschen, renovated the Malin House in the 1990s. Helena Arahuete, head of Lautner's successor firm, worked on the renovation.

PCAD id: 1818