California of 1950s was a really creative hub of design and architecture. Local architects, many of them are very famous, developed there significant approach to modernist architecture, which was influenced by post-war optimism, local subtropical climate and european functionalist manifestos and works of main figures of this movement. West coast modernism was style not only of Richard Neutra, Craig Elwood, Pierre Koenig or John Lautner, but also a lot of other architects, who are today less known masters of flat roofs and glass panels walls.
One of these masters is also A. Quincy Jones (1913 - 1979), a mid-century architect based in Los Angeles, whose style was sometimes more organic and expressive than minimalist and geometric. His work contains everything from luxury villas to urban planning, where he pioneered the use of greenbelts and green design. But his designs of the private residences represent the main part of his work.
We show here some pictures from his home, which he created in 1965 from one old Barn. He bought it and after remodeled for the practical living space. It is quite exception from other Jones`s residential works, which were especially originally designed buildings. In The Barn we can discover Jones`s architecture qualities in a little bit different manner. The interior is an unique space, where ordinary structure of original Barn meets architect`s own design elements. So, The Barn is an extraordinary example of the californian modernist style used in a very specific conditions.
Now, the building is renovated by the architect Fred Fisher and after that will be the headquarters of the Chora Council, which is part of the Metabolic Studio, a multi-disciplinary Annenberg Foundation project devoted to the study of culture, sustainability and health.
Photo by Toshi Yoshimi, courtesy Elaine Jones.