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Acanthus x urbanbacklog: Getty Center by Richard Meier

Acanthus is pleased to present the second part of the collaboration with Istanbul-based project urbanbacklog: The Getty Center in Los Angeles is a key work by architect Richard Meier. The mazy building complex holds a number of scientific and research institutes and one of the greatest museums in the world.


»I’d never live in a non-white interior.« – Richard Meier

Getty Center (1989-97) is designed by the architect Richard Meier. Meier uses white as his signature. But in his architecture, white actually has a pretty wide range. The Getty Center for instance consists of six white buildings and since the ones on the edge gets the sunlight easier than the others, their façades have a matte tone of white — so that all the buildings can look in the same color.

The skin of all the buildings, the tiles on the floors, and even the shapes of the trees are composed of 30-inch square panels because this ratio is defined as the general comfort zone of a person.

Getty museum looks all white and simple but its floor plan is pretty complex and tilting. The form is based on two elements: the topographic orientation of the site and the relationship with the route of the freeway which connects Los Angeles to San Diego.

Text and image credits: Yagmur Rüzgar / urbanbacklog

This article is part of our collaboration with urbanbacklog. Acanthus highlights a selection of architectural photo series by urbanbacklog in the feature section.

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