Architect Series: The Getty Center
Front and Side
Richard Meier was chosen as the architect for the Getty Center in 1984 and began construction on it in 1989. He is most well known for his work on the Getty Center, which catapulted his popularity into the mainstream. His works are guided by rationalism and he is known for his prominent use of the color white.
Garden Terrace Cafe and steps up to Courtyard
The Getty Center has long been a favorite destination for myself and my family whenever we take the hour-or-so drive up to Los Angeles. I've always admired the architecture there as much as I've enjoyed looking at the art that the center houses, so picking this for my contest entry was easy...
Or so I thought. Recreating the Getty Center on a small scale was both challenging and time-consuming. Those of you who know of or have been to the Getty Center will realize that the central garden, designed by artist Robert Irwin, is conspicuously absent from the build. I regret to say I ran out of time to complete as much of the grounds as possible. Given a limited amount of time to build, I had to omit the garden, the tram station and administrative buildings, the restaurant, the cactus garden, and the GRI (Getty Research Institute). Even so, I hope that what I've done captures the wonderful work of Richard Meier.
I used white for the aluminium cladding and tan to represent the limestone, sticking always as close as I can to the shape and scale of each building.
Courtyard looking towards the Entrance Hall
It would be impossible to capture even the portion of the Getty Center that I've done in a single image, but for those of you who are unfamiliar with it, hopefully this will give you some idea. If you're interested, please do visit my blog where I will be posting my thoughts on the build (sometime in the next few days) and my Flickr stream which has (many!) more images of the build as well as links to reference images I used.
Hope you've enjoyed reading, and good luck to all the contestants in this fine contest!
(Top to Down, Left to Right) The Museum Entrance Hall, Aerial View, the Courtyard as viewed from the Entrance Hall, the Garden Terrace Cafe, and the Courtyard looking towards the Entrance Hall.
Edited by Rufus, 08 April 2012 - 08:14 PM.