One of Richard Neutra’s celebrated houses of the 1950s, Kun II was built on a pad carved out above his 1936 landmark, Kun I. In the mid-1990s, a landslide behind the house necessitated the construction of major retaining walls. LGLA designed stepped retaining walls that relate to the house’s geometry, created a new auto court, and provided planting areas that relate to the hillside setting. A dry set boulder wall at the base of the front entry contrasts with the crisp planar forms of the architecture while stabilizing the house and driveway.
The landscape design was featured in The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s “Second Wave of Modernism” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. View the video here.