One of the best things about Los Angeles is that there are so many modernist homes there. And even better than that, there are even a few you can visit. Neutra's VDL Research House in Silver Lake is one of the best examples.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
|The Leo F. Cain Library at Cal State Dominguez Hills (originally called the Educational Resource Center) was designed by A. Quincy Jones and opened in 1972. It gives me chills walking up to it, it's so beautiful. Photo ©Darren Bradley|
One of my favorite architects, A. Quincy Jones, designed a great number of university buildings throughout the years. But he also had the opportunity to plan and design an entire college campus, including all of the original buildings. This college is located just up the road from me so I took a spontaneous trip there recently one morning for quick visit. That school is California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, California.
Saturday, April 4, 2015
|Trinity Presbyterian Church by Culver Heaton (1961). Photo ©Darren Bradley|
Friday, April 3, 2015
|Jane Walkley and her dogs, in front of the house her parents built. Photo ©Darren Bradley|
Last year, I had the pleasure of visiting the Walkley Residence in Adelaide. I'd been wanting to see it for a while, so I was very excited to finally get the chance. Turns out, the best part was actually meeting the owner.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
|The main library of Hope International University was once a student center for CSUF, across the street. Photo ©Darren Bradley|
No architectural photo safari to Cal State Fullerton would be complete without stopping by Hope International University. This surprising collection of buildings, located directly across Nutwood Avenue from CSUF, is perhaps the largest collection of googie modernist architecture left in the world.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
|The classic view of UCR's Carillon Bell Tower (by Jones & Emmons, 1966) and the brutalist arcades of the Tomás Rivera Main Library (by Latta & Denny, 1954). Photo ©Darren Bradley|
Monday, March 16, 2015
|Pollak Library at CSU Fullerton. Photo ©Darren Bradley|
Saturday, March 14, 2015
It may seem a bit incongruous - when driving through the somewhat bland Orange County suburbs of Irvine - to come across towering, brutalist concrete sculptural forms scattered amongst the trees, but that was exactly what architect William Pereira designed in his master plan for that campus in 1963.
Friday, December 12, 2014
|Photo ©Darren Bradley|
I finally had the opportunity to visit one of the most interesting and beautiful homes in Canberra. This home, designed by renowned Melbourne architect Robin Boyd in 1963, demonstrates Boyd’s willingness to experiment with new ideas, and even borrow a few from others. In this case, Southern California seems to have been the inspiration…
Saturday, November 29, 2014
|The Total Carpark by Bernard Joyce for Bogle & Banfield (1965). Photo ©Darren Bradley|