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VDL Research House - special edition


VDL Research House - special edition


The VDL Research House was designed by architect Richard J. Neutra in 1932 and served as his studio and residence for the rest of his career.  Uniquely among his projects, it represented the three major phases of his aesthetic development. It exemplified his early works, which featured compact volumes in white or silver, with thin surfaces and bands of windows.  The Garden house built behind the VDL house in 1939 shows an emphasis on indoor/outdoor living, with its large windows and deep overhangs, typical of his work in the late 1930s and early 1940s.  The original house was destroyed by fire in 1963 and rebuilt in 1966. Neutra’s post-war work refl ected his interest in environmental design, seen in the VDL House II with its use of site and climate responsive features.

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Edition: Special
Number of discs: 2
Format: DVD: NTSC
Regions: Worldwide
Language: English
Aspect Ratio:  4:3
Duration:  40 minutes

Disc One:  Documentary Film
• 40 min. documentary film on VDL 1 & 11 by Lauren Weiss Bricker,

Ph.D, Director, Archives - Special Collections, ENV Cal Poly
Pomona and Judith Sheine, Chair of
 Architecture, Cal Poly Pomona.

• Appearances by Neutra’s sons Dion and Raymond; historian, Thomas Hines; and Neutra Associate, John Blanton
• Historical photographs by Julius Shulman.
• 2 extended interviews with Lauren Weiss Bricker and Judith Sheine.

Disc Two Interactive Tour on CD-ROM
This Interactive Virtual Tour utilizes an intuitive multi-referenced interface to allow users self-directed experiences through a comprehensive collection of photographs, 3600 VR panoramas, and drawings. It provides the most engaging and comprehensive documentation of VDL I & II ever produced.

• Over 75 historical and newly commissioned photographs and 17 VR panoramas.
• Hi-Resolution viewing of archival drawings and Neutra’s travel sketches.

Interactive Tour Requirements:
• Operating systems:  Windows
• CD-ROM Drive.

Studio IN-D media, LLC
Director / Producer:  Timothy Sakamoto
Appearances by: Judith Sheine, Lauren Weiss Bricker, Thomas Hines, Dion Neutra, Raymond Neutra, John Blanton
Photographs by: Julius Shulman