In the Marvin House, the old concept of rooms, with names behind doors leading from corridors, vanishes altogether. A series of ‘green rooms’ made from concrete masonry serve a single ‘stage’ made of sawn Californian redwood.
The green rooms are top-lit except for strategically placed viewing windows made from concrete blocks laid sideways and glazed. The house comprises the green rooms, two dressing rooms with a giant-sized shower between them, a guest’s shower and WC, an entrance, a study and a kitchen.
The original plan was to have another two of these houses, one for guests, another for a greenhouse, set further down the hill and served by a driveway of cobbles running straight up the hillside like a San Francisco street. However, illness forced the Marvins to move. The houses became the entrance hall for a vast hyperbolic paraboloid before the whole place was pulled down.