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Mutual Housing Association site office A. Quincy Jones

 
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peterm



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 4:55 pm    Post subject: Mutual Housing Association site office A. Quincy Jones Reply with quote

Outstanding design by Jones, extending many of Wright's ideas:

http://www.dwell.com/house-tours/article/mutual-fulfilment
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The architects made sure this structure was documented as it was being built. I have always seen it as reflecting the inspiration Wright's
Pew residence may have provided -- complete with an abstraction of his characteristic stonework ?

I hadn't noticed before that there's corner butt-glazing . . .















Cory Buckner says this is an interior shot of Pilot (house) Model 201. I'm not aware of another design at
the MHA project which has the canted posts and glass of the Architects' Field Office . . .

photos by Garber Sturgis, Emiel Becsky, Julius Shulman
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Macrodex



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's another link with some good photos of the house.

http://designapplause.com/2013/salon2-a-quincy-jones-mha-site-office/35134/
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went on an architectural tour of the neighborhood a few years back. As I remember, there were a number of houses with the canted posts. Eight floor plans were eventually realized:

http://www.artslant.com/la/articles/show/28557

It's interesting to note that several plans were rejected for being "too modern". I wish I could see those!

"Untouched":

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2011/06/untouched_a_quincy_jones_in_brentwoods_crestwood_hills.php
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought this was more the work of a former Wright apprentice...Edgardo Contino? I know I have the name wrong, but something like that.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"A year later, after interviewing the likes of Richard Neutra, among others, a design team is settled on: two architects, Whitney R. Smith and A. Quincy Jones, and an engineer, Edgardo Contini."

From a Dwell article here: http://www.dwell.com/house-tours/article/mutual-fulfilment

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Matt



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Contini had some connection with Taliesin. I read that book on the Mutual Housing Association years ago and thought it inferred that Jones was not heavily involved in the design work...more of a big picture guy.

I toured the house some years ago and it is a stunner.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Contini worked with Lautner on three of his finest houses of the late forties:

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2011/07/inside_john_lautners_little_hexagonalframed_jacobsen_house.php
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roof structure -- a flat plane of steel members -- for the Polin and Jacobsen houses. Ceiling joists can be detected in the drawing as well, I believe . . .


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