Michael Rotondi

  • KING OF THE HILLS: THE ARCHITECTURE OF R. M. SCHINDLER

    As LA MoCA’s traveling survey “The Architecture of R. M. Schindler” opens the eyes of museum-goers to the Vienna-born expatriate’s precedent-setting domestic designs, Artforum calls on architects and artists Michael Maltzan, Sam Durant, Roy McMakin, Michael Rotondi, and Wolf Prix to share their views on the California modernist’s legacy. Adding a firsthand reminiscence is Julius Shulman, whose vintage photographs appear here alongside contemporary shots by Grant Mudford. Schindler specialist Judith Sheine opens our roundup with an overview of the architect’s career and reputation, while Sotheby’s

  • Michael Rotondi

    “WHEN DESIGNING A BUILDING ON A hillside, it should complete the line of the hill or be placed below the crest.” The words were Frank Lloyd Wright’s, and R.M. Schindler carried this wisdom with him throughout his life. The houses and apartments he designed in the Hollywood hills were always carefully oriented for light and view and were set into, not against, the natural topography of their sites. I always thought this sense of “correctness” concerned formal relationships, until I moved into one of Schindler’s designs and realized that the Vienna-born architect had drawn broader lessons from