Kettal Helps Rebuild Richard Neutra's VDL House into a Modern-Day Penthouse

VDL Research House. Photography courtesy of Paul Getty Trust, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

After a 1963 fire devastated Richard Neutra’s VDL Research House, the renowned architect and his son Dion rebuilt their Los Angeles residence, adding a rooftop solarium. Now Kettal, under the supervision of the younger Neutra, has recreated the addition in VDL Penthouse, a 500-square-­foot enclosed structure, and VDL Pavilion, an open version without glass walls. The horizontally oriented replicas are inspired by traditional Japanese architecture, with structural columns set back 4 inches to give emphasis to the cantilevering roof, which appears to float over the shell. But while the concept is vintage, the deployment is futur­istic, as the penthouse is equipped with the latest smart-home technology—there’s even a small weather station in the chimney. Choose from 30 frame finishes and a host of custom options.

VDL Penthouse. Photography courtesy of Kettal.
VDL Pavilion. Photography courtesy of Kettal.
Photography courtesy of Kettal.
Photography courtesy of Kettal.

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