Steve Skilken first came to see me after seeing several of my
previous designs. He was particularly taken with the house I
designed for Joe and Etsuko Price in
Corona del Mar, California and told me he wanted the same design.
I told him that I do not repeat designs made for others but
would consider his situation and work out an idea for him. One
of the things he very much liked about the Price house were
the groups of beams that formed individual pods in that house
and he asked whether there was not some way to incorporate some
variation on this idea into his design. This was done in a way
very different from the Price house though giving a similar
effect which pleased Mr. Skilken. His program otherwise consisted
of having a house that was essentially a tropical garden with
a lap pool running through it. Another unusual requirement was
the need for a heliport and interior storage for his helicopter.