DESIGN & STYLE
15 AUGUST 2016
Known for its architecture, gardens and views overlooking Los Angeles, the Getty Center incorporates the modern design of architect Richard Meier. When viewed from the south, the modernist complex appears to grow from the 110-acre hillside, a notably mid-century modern design construct, while offering panoramic city views. With natural light being one of its most important architectural elements, walls of glass allow sunshine to illuminate the interiors.
The soaring roofline of the Tramway Gas Station welcomes those arriving to the mid-century modern mecca that is Palm Springs via State Highway 111. Built in 1965, the building’s distinctive wedge-shaped canopy was designed by Albert Frey and Robson C. Chambers. This prime example of modernism in architecture now serves as the Palm Springs Visitors Center.
Frank Gehry has been called the most important architect of our age, designing awe-inspiring structures that have become must-visit destinations. He completed this Malibu live/work residence for artist Ron Davis in 1968, six years after he launched his architecture practice in Los Angeles. Today the place is home to actor Patrick Dempsey and his family.
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Constructed in 1978, this Santa Monica residence was designed by architect Frank Gehry for himself and his family. The original Dutch colonial home was left in tact and the new house was built around it. The house still remains a statement of art entwined with architecture, receiving the 2012 American Institute of Architects Twenty-Five Year Award. Incorporating metal, plywood, chain link fencing and wood framing, it is sometimes considered one of the earliest deconstructivist buildings.
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This modern structure, remodeled in 2011, is housed in the shell of a mid-century modern supermarket built in 1963. The classic design features a low-pitched roof, glass façade and open floor plan. An interior courtyard with a new open-air garden space brings the outdoors in while providing natural sunlight and ventilation. This unique setting is also home to many smart energy initiatives and green building practices, bringing mid-century architectural elements into today’s world.
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