Nothing quite dates a building like an exposed boulder.
These organic earthen monoliths form the centerpieces of several iconic modern houses from the 1950s and ‘60s, mainly clustered in their glamorous Palm Springs heartland. While we heartily applaud the ingenuity of these fabled rock-centered abodes, we’re left a bit stumped as to why these uber-cinematic architectural accouterments never really took off in architecture-at-large, and instead remain novelties of mid-century design.
Perhaps it’s due to a lack of formidable rock formations on residential properties nationwide, the inherent dangers of oh-so beautiful modern architecture, or that people got tired of vacuuming up dust and little bits of rock shedding from their in-situ stone sculptures. Nonetheless, we’ve gathered up our favorite iconic homes that integrate natural stone outcroppings below for you to peruse and enjoy. We hope you’ll come away asking the more apt question, “Why isn't there a rock in my living room?!
Frey House II in Palm Springs by Albert Frey (1964). Photo via Linda_Bisset
Frey House II living room. Photo via Slow Happy Runner
Frey House II bedroom. Photo via °Florian
Frey House II bedroom boulder light switch. Photo via Slow Happy Runner
Casa de Canoas in Rio de Janeiro by Oscar Niemeyer (1951). Photo via Frank van Leersum
Casa de Canoas living room. Photo via Frank van Leersum
Casa de Canoas living room. Photo via ignasi
Casa de Canoas pool deck. Photo via Frank van Leersum
Elrod House in Palm Springs by John Lautner (1968). Photo via sighsandwhispers
Elrod House master bedroom. Photo via la curbed
Elrod House exposed rock details. Photo via la curbed