Oscar Niemeyer Strick House, 1964

Family Home by BoydDesign in Santa Monica, CA

The Strick House, located in Santa Monica, is Niemeyer’s only built work in North America besides the U.N. Complex, designed in collaboration with Le Corbusier and Wallace K. Harrison. BoydDesign restored the architecture, and designed the interiors and grounds from 2003-2006. The project has been celebrated in the monograph, Modernist Paradise: Niemeyer House/Boyd Collection (Rizzoli, 2007) and is on the cover of The Iconic Interior: 1900 to the present (Thames and Hudson, 2012). Niemeyer had not been allowed in the U.S. since 1947 because of his political views and he was not able to visit the site. Upon viewing the BoydDesign restoration in 2007, Niemeyer said: “It’s nice to finally meet this house,” and, “I love that it’s been restored to its sixties elegance."

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Photography: Richard Powers