The Chemosphere site was thought to be unbuildable before Lautner came up with the concept. Rakish, in a science-fiction way, and featured in movies such as Brian De Palma's voyeuristic "Body Double" (1984), the house doesn't seem to beckon to a family. "If I were a bachelor," architect Steven Ehrlich said, "I'd love to live there."

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