Schwartz House designed by Pierre Koenig
The Schwartz House in Santa Monica embodies the union of form and function.

Pierre Koenig, the architect of Case Study Houses #21 and #22, also designed the Schwartz House in Santa Monica. The architecturally significant home is now for sale for $4,385,000.

Pierre Koenig (1925-2004) was a prolific architect as well as a Professor of Architecture at USC for 40 years. The Schwartz House (1994) was the last of Koenig’s projects that he saw completed in his lifetime, and so this stunning structure embodies his steel-and-glass style at its finest.

Schwartz House designed by Pierre Koenig entry
The four steel pillars provide structural support, and the offset angle of the rest of the house orients the interior towards the south for maximal sunlight.

The Value of Architecture, where the home is listed, writes of the Schwartz House’s structure, “In a celebration of structural steel, the home is held aloft by four heroic columns, minimizing the impact on the site. The living space has then been rotated on axis thirty degrees, focusing on the southern exposure and capturing on-shore breezes to conserve energy.”

Schwartz House patio
The Schwartz House includes two patios, including this rear patio.

The home is an elegant expression of minimalismthe framing materials are also the finish. What you see serves both form and function. The walls of windows blur the boundary between inside and out. Spanning 2,380 square feet, the home includes 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms as well as a detached guest house with 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom.

Schwartz House living room
The Schwartz House living room allows in ample sunshine, and the white walls don’t distract from the star attractionthe view out the window.

Inside, hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and an open floor plan allow California’s ample sunshine to suffuse the space. The current homeowners have maintained the home well, having recently installed new appliances and a new roof. For more information on the Schwartz House, visit

Schwatrz House powder room
The powder room in the Schwartz House also reflects the floating stairs.

Curious about the Case Study Houses? Start from the beginning with our article about Case Study House #1. Want to see more MCM properties for sale? Take a look at the 1962 Wallmark House in Spokane, Washington.

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