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Landmark Houses: John Lautner’s Chemosphere

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Chemosphere’s panoramic windows open up to views of the San Fernando Valley; the other side of house faces a quiet hillside, a scene that can almost feel like a nature preserve. (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)
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The unusual construction of Lautner’s octagonal design has helped it weather earthquakes and heavy rains. (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)
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The approach to the house, with purple Pride of Madeira and red geraniums in bloom. (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)
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Publisher Benedikt Taschen, photographed at work in the home in 2005, sits behind expanses of glass reflecting clouds and sky. (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)
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Clean-lined furnishings include an oval dining room table by Florence Knoll and suspended lamps of bent plexiglass strips by L.A. artist Jorge Pardo. (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)
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The living room includes an Eames chair and coffee table and a rug by Albert Oehlen. The small window near floor level, rear left, offers a glimpse of the driveway. (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)
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The living room includes an Eames chair and coffee table and a rug by Albert Oehlen. The small window near floor level, rear left, offers a glimpse of the driveway. (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)
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Publisher Benedikt Taschen says of the iconic 1960 home he bought in 1997 and restored, “It’s the responsibility of the owner to preserve it for future generations because a house like this doesn’t belong to one or two people: It belongs to mankind.” (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)
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