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Kettal presents the VDL Penthouse by Dion & Richard Neutra

Kettal presents the Penthouse from Richard Neutra’s VDL Research House II, a building constructed in 1963 that is the embodiment of his architectural theories such as “biorealism”, which denotes the relationship between architecture and health.


KETTAL VDL Penthouse



KETTAL VDL Penthouse


Kettal introduces the VDL Pavilion, which measures 12×4 m and conserves the building’s original interior layout, as well as a version with a completely transparent interior.

Under the supervision of Dion Neutra, Richard’s son, we have used updated construction methods and materials while respecting all of the house’s original details.

An automated smart home system has also been designed to control the lighting, air conditioning and heating, among other things.








“The box is opened fully by sliding doors, so that the actual rooms of the house are the garden spaces. This house, in its free relation to the ground, the trees and the sea, is in constant proximity to the entirety of nature. It acts as a guide and a ‘shock absorber’, providing a well-needed relaxation space away from the

complications of daily life.” R. Neutrashocks’ Y debería dotar de la relajación necesaria tras las complicaciones de los problemas diarios.”

R. Neutra




In 1932, Richard Neutra built his house thanks to a donation from the Dutch philanthropist Dr Van Der Leeuw (hence the acronym VDL). This house is a particularly important example of Richard Neutra’s work because it encapsulates all the architectural theories that he first posited in his book Wie Baut amerika?, 1927 and later on in his more philosophical reflections Survival Through Design, 1953.

Seven years later, when the family had grown, he built an annex in the garden. In 1963, the house was devastated by fire, leaving only the annex standing.


At that time, Richard Neutra and his son and colleague Dion Neutra rebuilt the house and added a solarium/atrium on top of the original structure. He incorporated everything he had learned over the years in this reconstruction: modularity, natural climate control, water roofs, interaction with the natural environment, technological advances, etc.


VDL Research House II Drawings 



VDL Research House II model



copyright © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10).  VDL Research House II 




Richard Joseph Neutra (Vienna, 1892 - Wuppertal, 1970) was an Austrian-American architect and theorist. He graduated from the Vienna University of Technology in 1912. Neutra’s encounter with Adolf Loos, who he regarded as “the teacher to whom I owe all my ideas on architecture”, in 1910 played a pivotal role in his education. In 1923 he moved to the United States of America. 

While in Chicago, Neutra met Louis H. Sullivan, who was in the last year of his life, just as the teacher was completing his main theoretical work and cultural testament, The Autobiography of an Idea, which was published in 1924. Later, during a brief stay in Taliesin in 1925, he collaborated with the influential architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

His poetry, based on the close relationship between architecture and inhabitant, widely contributed to the definition of the “California style”, which became a worldwide phenomenon in the 1950s.

Dion Neutra, born 8 October 1926, is an American international style and modernist architect and consultant who started out working with his father, Richard Neutra (1892-1970). Dion started training with his father at 11 years old. While attending the University of Southern California, he spent his third year studying abroad at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and graduated cum laude- 

Richard and Dion Neutra Architecture has been studying the notable relationship between man, nature and architecture for 90 years.





photo: Julius Shulman

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