The Getty Center in Los Angeles
Stopping by Los Angeles? Visit the Getty Center! This unique museum incorporates the modern design of the architect Richard Meier, with beautiful gardens, open spaces, and astonishing views of the city.
The Getty Center perpetuates the artistic legacy left by Jean Paul Getty, famous oilman and artlover, through a dozen of temporary exhibitions per year, the Getty Research Institute and the Getty Conservation Institute. It opened to the public in 1997, after twelve years of construction.
Located on the hilltop of Santa Monica, the Getty Center represented a real architectural challenge.
The visitors can appreciate the contrasting landscape of Los Angeles: the Pacific ocean, the San Gabriel mountains and the street grid of the city. Inspired by the relationship between those elements, the architect decided to feature both nature and culture.
The 16000 tones of beige-colored, textured and fossilized travertine from Bagni di Tivoli in Italy catches the bright Southern California light, reflecting sharply during the morning and emitting a honeyed warmth in the afternoon. The stone brings a fascinating contrast with the white aluminium.
On the bottom of the picture, you can see a part of the Central Garden, created by the artist Robert Irwin.
The natural light is also one of the most important elements inside the building. Thanks to the vast walls of glass, sunshine illuminates the interiors and the artworks are naturally enhanced and protected at the same time by special filters.