Whether it’s LEGOs, K’Nex, Lincoln Logs, or just plain old wood blocks, kids love to build and create. Here in Los Angeles we’ve got some amazing examples of architecture that will inspire you’re little Lautner or growing Geary. These buildings are impressive, cool, and anything but boring – and most are in unexpected places and totally touchable.  So take your tot on a structural and instructional tour of the city that will get their wheels turning – then go home and see what you can create!


The Lautner designed Chemosphere (real name, the Malin House) is one of those structures that you have to see to believe – perhaps the most iconic modern home in LA. It sits atop the Hollywood Hills and when we say atop we mean on stilts very high in the air – 30 feet to be exact. The house itself is in the shape of an octagon, which gives occupants an eight-sided view of the valley. The design of the house was a solution to a hillside that was thought to be unbuildable. While it is a private residence that you can’t enter, you can drive right to the address and take a look. Don’t see it? Look up!

7776 Torreyson Dr. (off Mulholland Dr.)
Los Angeles

Did we miss any super cool, kid-spirational spots?  We’d love to know your favorite architecture in LA.

-Christina Fiedler

Photo Credits: George via Creative Commons, Stu Spivack via flickr, Robert H. via yelp, Paul L. via yelp,  Joseph A. via yelp, Jorge Bueno via flickr, W.L. via yelp, Mike D. via yelp, Noa B. via yelp,  Andy Kennelly via Google+

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