|location||California, Los Angeles|
With a design that's part Jetsons and part James Bond, the Chemosphere House is a classic 60's Los Angeles Modern design by one of the city's most famous architect, John Lautner. The sleek, octagonal house appears to sit precariously on a pedestal, necessary because of the 45 degree sloping hill beneath it. It's unique response to the site led the Encyclopædia Britannica to call it "the most modern home built in the world." With grand views of the Los Angeles Valley, it appears to be the ultimate party house, and has been featured in numerous movies including Body Double, Charlie's Angels, and Men in Black. It was originally designed for Leonard Malin, a young aerospace engineer in late-1950s L.A. whose father-in-law had just given him a plot just off of Mulholland Drive. Since 2000, it has been home to Benedikt Taschen of German book publisher company, Taschen, a well known publisher of art and architecture.