We were really excited this week to see rapper Ice Cube talk about his love for Case Study House #8, not only because the house was featured on the 2008 Charles + Ray Eames stamp pane but also because, simply, we love it, too.
“I had learned about them when I was studying architectural drafting,” Ice Cube told The New York Times. “Back then, I didn’t know I was going to make money. So being that they put together a house in two days and used discarded materials—something about their style caught on.
As I got older, I could equate it to sampling. I see that’s what we were doing, taking discarded records from the ’60s and ’70s and revamping them.”
Case Study House #8 was completed in 1949 as part of a program to create affordable homes out of materials and technology developed during World War II. Located in Pacific Palisades, California, the house is composed of two two-story structures made of steel and glass and connected by an open court. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006.
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