And it makes me think, in line with the concept of necessity to which the younger Eames refers, how the fact that they attached the house to the retaining wall meant that they didn’t have to build much more than three of the four façades. What else did they do in the Middle Ages but attach their houses to cathedrals in order to save on stone? I’m pleased to have discovered this first version that I didn’t know about, because of the many well-known bridge houses (Amancio Williams’ amongst others), because all of us have felt the temptation to live among the trees (maybe I recall the cabin that we didn’t always have) and because the Eames specify the difference between the two variations (the material was already ordered) as an “extra steel beam”, hardly a beam too many. The house was inaugurated on Christmas Eve in 1949 and from then on they would never leave it until their respective deaths. It also pleases me to learn how, on Charles’ death, Ray installed a kitchenette in the studio and never returned to live in the house, perhaps to avoid the stairs (she was getting older), perhaps through grief and the strength of mind necessary to carry on living without that part of her which had been half of her life and work… To understand how our needs change and how houses should adapt to them and not the other way round. I read on the panels among the eucalyptus trees that “Most of the materials and techniques which have been used here are standard to the building industry, but in many cases, not standard in architecture. In the structural system from these materials and techniques it was not difficult to house a pleasant space for living and working.” And I also read…“You often hear the modern rooms are too functional, too cold. What you are doing if you changed the lighting to make it look like poolsof light coming into a cave if you changed the color of the walls, added textures, other relationships? If you did this, would you be making it less functional? Not at all. It was not functional enough before. This is the same in any diagnostic situation”. These two statements alone are enough to appreciate the contribution that the Eames made to the history of modern architecture.