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Classic Home 067

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Exterior overview of Classic Home 067, Eames House, by Charles and Ray Eames.

Also known as Case Study House No. 8, this two-bedroom, two-bathroom house in Pacific Palisades, California served as both residence and studio for Charles and Ray Eames. The house sits at the edge of a clearing, partially set into a hillside to minimize site disturbance. Stretching more than 200 feet (60 meters) in length but little over 20 feet (6 meters) wide, this house is split into two narrow parts with a paved courtyard in between. The main living quarters are contained within the larger of the two parts, which includes a double-height living room, kitchen, and dining area on the ground floor. A small spiral staircase leads to bedrooms and bathrooms on the second floor. The smaller building contains a studio with darkroom and a mezzanine storage area. Outdoor patios at the north and south ends of the house emphasize connection to the landscape with large sliding doors. This house was constructed from industrial steel elements to demonstrate the potential benefits of new manufacturing techniques in residential design. Natural light is plentiful and interior spaces are light and open.

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Ground floor plan.
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Upper floor plan.
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