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April 2015

Excursion to Northridge

By Architecture, Inhouse production, Los Angeles


During a short trip to Los Angeles in April 2015 we used the easter weekend for an excursion to the Congregational Church of Northridge, located in the San Fernando Valley, a 20 min drive from Hollywood.

It was my first visit to this beautiful building by Quincy A. Jones, one of my favorite architects. Some years ago I had seen just 2 photos and did a 3D model just guessing the sizes of the church looking at the pictures, so it was a real surprise that the inside of the church looked really exactly as the 3D generated renderings – see ‘work’ section. Recently I was slightly irritated to see one of my renderings on the church’s website, probably mistaken for a photograph, but decided to take this as an unintended compliment..

We liked the atmosphere so much that we decided to stay durig easter church service and had time to enjoy the modern midcentury style of this airy and elegant wooden pyramid. The big glue-laminated wood beams were quite impressive, and along with the simple but graceful cylindrical lights that Jones designed the only decoration. The open structure of the church rises to a skylight just below the spire, providing a wonderful light situation and creating a connection between indoors and the out.

It was nice to see that the church still is in a very good shape and seems to be a good home for a vibrant community that gave us a warm welcome on this easter sunday.