A second act for Frank Gehry's Schnabel House
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Schnabel House( Nick Springett / August 3, 2013 )
One day at the architect's office in Venice, Gehry and Platt were speaking about the sunlight that pours into the diamond-shaped master bedroom, which original owners Rockwell and Marna Schnabel affectionately called "the aquarium." Platt wanted to block some of the morning sun, so he asked Gehry for advice. Gehry's response: Install electric shades.
"That's great at night, Frank," Platt recalled saying. "But looking at those wires during the day — it'll just scream at you." Gehry turned to Platt and replied: "Oh, Jon, you're such a purist."
Platt pressed for solutions, eventually tracking down a company in Taiwan that makes a thin film that can render windows less transparent on demand. Controlled by iPad, the technology blocks glare while leaving the room's aesthetics untouched.