SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA, BUILT 1978
ARCHITECT: FRANK GEHRY
On a street of traditional single-family homes, the house built by Frank Gehry for his family combines his fascination with the everyday and his emphasis on architecture’s sculptural properties. To create a new façade for the original house, Gehry exposed its structure and wrapped it in unexpected ways using ordinary building materials: aluminum siding, plywood, and chain-link fencing. “I loved the idea of leaving the house intact and . . . building the new house around it,” he later wrote.