Item description for Richard Meier (English and Italian Edition) by Antonia Mulas & Richard Meier...
This book presents the amazing new Getty Center, designed by world-renowned architect Richard Meier, and built in Los Angeles with actual blocks of Travertine from the riverbed of the Tiber in Italy. With six separate sections devoted to the Lower Tram Station and Arrival Plaza, the Harold M. Williams Auditorium, the North and East Buildings, the J. Paul Getty Museum itself, the Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities, and the Restaurant-Cafa, respectively, this book bears witness to Meier's Herculean feat*the realization and reinvention of the ideal city of the Renaissance for the 21st century. Documented in full color by photographer Antonia Mulas*whose previous works have concentrated on Graeco-Roman civilization on the one hand and contemporary megalopolises on the other*Richard Meier: The Getty Center is a monument not only to the architect and the Center itself, but to the highest possibilities of human architectural achievement as well.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.89" Width: 11.81" Height: 0.63" Weight: 2.51 lbs.
Release Date Aug 2, 2000
ISBN 8881582694 ISBN13 9788881582693
Reviews - What do customers think about Richard Meier (English and Italian Edition)?
THE GETTY Apr 7, 2006
Just a spectacular building, the perfect building for this breathtaking site. This book is well conceived and the images just pop off the page. This building was a long time coming, but it was well worth the wait. I am a huge fan of Meier, his work is so light and inviting. I love how the L.A. sunlight plays off the tavertine, it just glows. Of all the great buildings Meier has designed this will be the one for which he is remembered and I'm sure he is fine with that fact. Fine book on a fantastic building, oh and not a shabby art collection either.
OUTSTANDING, BEAUTIFUL & STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHY Feb 24, 2001
After visiting THE Getty Center, I've become a huge fan of Meiers' work. Although most of his work in the past seems untouchable to me, this project has a clean but warm inviting feeling around every corner. The photographs in the book are superb and layout the book with remarkable light, clarity and stunning imagery. The photographer John Linden is a true master of the camera. His work carries the book. Not a bad read either, but who reads books on architecture? This book and the project itself pure eye candy. Buy it.
A Well Documented Book About the Getty Centre Nov 11, 2000
Despite the succinctness of the book, I knew all I needed to know about the Getty Centre which costed a whopping US$1 billion to build. Getty Centre is to the other extreme of the Bilbao Museum by Gehry. The latter one is both an architecture building & a sculpture as a whole but the former offering is a Modern building in the best traditions of Le Corbusier, Philip Johnson, or even Miles van de Rohe. I'm disappointed to read that Richard Meier didn't get the chance to realise his total vision upon the project & therefore, the integrity of his design is ultimately compromised. 2 of the incidents worth mentioning are the engagement of the interior designer, Thierry Despont to provide the colour coordination of the galleries. He's better known as the designers for the rich & famous such as Ralph Lauren & Bill Gates. In this instance, Theirry applied heavy & bold colours to complement the art works & when the art works melted into the scene, the emphasis upon the art works themselves are lost in totality. Secondly, the engagement of the landscape artist, Robert Irwin who introduced the circular garden which broke the link between 2 main buildings of the Getty Centre. It's interesting to read about the material chosen, the travertine, & how it blends nicely with the white metal panels that Richard Meier is well known for; the maximisation of controlled light to highlight the artworks & yet, not harming them in anyway required fine detailing & ingenuity in which Richard Meier & team delivered. The book comprises of many photographs taken from many angles imaginable under different time of the day. Many elevation plans, sectional plans, conceptual plans, model plans, detailing plans, & all you need to know about the Getty Centre. Definitely worth reading for an architecture enthusiast.
First time at the Getty Jan 19, 2000
A question everyone must ask when they first visit the Getty Museum is, "How did anyone ever build this enormous, complicated, graceful complex of buildings?" In The Getty Center by Michael Brawne, the author takes you to the earliest stages of the project with breathtaking photography and detailed text. The photography from beginning to end allows you to feel that you can take part of the" Getty Experience" home with you. I bought this book for my daughter when I was at the Museum gift shop and got home feeling sorry I didn't have my own copy, so this is my second purchase of this beautiful book