There are some houses in Los Angeles that feel like they were built to confuse. These houses aren’t bad but they are incredibly eccentric, so weird that you can’t imagine a real person inhabiting it. Having so much land and so many personalities, LA has been lucky enough to have room for architectural oddities to flourish. James Goldstein’s house is a good example of this as it is a geometric concrete pyramid in Beverly Hills that is as insane as it is captivating. He and his place were recently featured on AudioVision and you get a really great glimpse at one of Los Angeles’ most bizarre homes.
The house is a meditation on triangles. Everything is hard edged and slanting and it has a really brilliant conversation between rough cement, glass, and the nature in Southern California. It feels like the home of a villain in an early James Bond movie and–funny enough–it has been featured in several films including The Big Lebowski. The house was built by architect John Lautner, who Goldstein bought the house from and nursed back to a beautiful state. (That said, you will find that much of the interior has a brilliant/awful/brilliant connection to the 1970s.)
The photos from the story are shot by Mae Ryan and really capture the magic and absurdity of this home. It’s the kind of Los Angeles house that you can’t believe exists but you also are totally not surprised that it exists. We’d love to housesit for Goldstein and take a dip in his wild, angular pool. Take a deeper look into the house here.