The extremely-talented conceptual artist Phil Saunders — who has worked on many Marvel films, such as The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Captain America: Civil War — has updated his official Facebook page with early Iron Man (2008) concept art of Tony Stark's Malibu Mansion.
"I'm probably still contacted once every couple of months by fans wanting to model the Stark residence in 3-D, and while I can't provide any of the plans or elevations (those were further developed by brilliant set designer Kevin Cross)," Saunders wrote. "I figured I'd make all of my concept illustrations available in one place. As I've mentioned in many places previously, this design was always conceptually meant to be a 'lost' design by celebrated architect John Lautner, perched at the edge of Point Dume, a coastal California State Park location in Malibu. As such, the general feeling of the design as well as some details were liberally cribbed from Lautner's existing homes to add verisimilitude. So if you want to be really impressed, you owe it to yourselves to study the master himself. No fantasy architecture can compare to experiencing those spaces for real. Shout outs to the aforementioned Kevin Cross, the late, great production designer Michael Riva, and of course John Lautner, the architect of who's astounding buildings this is but a poor imitation."
Sadly, of course, the mansion was destroyed in Shane Black's Iron Man 3 (2013). After Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) was seriously hurt during the explosion at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, an irate Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) issued a televised threat to the Mandarin, taunting the mysterious villain by giving out his home address. Shortly after returning home, while talking with Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall) and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), helicopter gunships appear, attack, and destroy the mansion.
Click on our "Start Slideshow" feature above to see unused designs for Stark's mansion.
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"The initial sketch that drove the design, once we had decided to focus on Lautner's later organic design as more 'high-tech' and in keeping with Tony Stark's future-forward aesthetic." - Saunders
"South-east view of the house. The basic layout was inspired by the kind of mushrooms that grow on the trunks of trees." - Saunders
"Cantilevered Living room overhanging the garage. An example of 'movie geography,' as the actual garage space is several times bigger than the living room in fact." - Saunders
"The east view of the living room, showing off the liberal appropriation of John Lautner form language, construction, incorporation of natural stones and spacial sense. I was pretty proud of the 'slit' lighting I worked into the ceiling. It worked very well practically on set as well." - Saunders
"South view of the living room. The fireplace is liberally cribbed from John Lautner's Beyer residence." - Saunders
"Unfinished shot of the north view of the living room, showing the initial flagstone floor and creeper vines on the balcony." - Saunders
"Tony Stark's bedroom. The cabinetry was driven by some existing furniture the production designer Michael Riva wanted to source for the set. The concept for the bed was his as well. I developed the idea for ceiling lights mounted behind fabric drop-ceiling panels for a diffused look." - Saunders