Raphael S. Soriano, F.A.I.A. The Albert Grossman House, 1964. If there ever was an ideal expression of the catchall "design for better living," Raphael Soriano accomplished it here. He was so successful in fact that Grossman named the house "El Paradiso," not so much because the glass house dissolves into its tropical garden setting, but rather on account of its ease of maintenance. It is constructed with an aluminum frame, and anodized exterior components that "never need painting." Interior surfaces are faced in easy to maintain Formica throughout. The color palette of the Formica adds a dramatic artistic element to the calming rhythm of the exposed ceiling I beams. Specifically designed as a true live/work environment, living spaces open to atriums, or the outdoors, while the entire second floor is an in-home office. The residence includes: 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, house office, work office, service areas, playroom, atriums, built-ins, pool, and carport. Property is City of Los Angeles Cultural Historic Monument #638.
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