The Getty Center is designed by Designed by architect Richard Meier. Located in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, it is well known for its architecture, gardens, and views overlooking Los Angeles—the Pacific Ocean, the San Gabriel Mountains, and the vast street—grid of the city. Inspired by the relationship between these elements, architect Richard Meier designed the complex to highlight both nature and culture. The use of travertine stone—1.2 million square feet of it—, and natural light is the Getty Center’s most important architectural elements. The Getty Center encompasses more than 1.2 million square feet of floor space in six major structures. The Getty Museum features a permanent collection of European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, decorative arts, and American and European photographs.
To Do: Art Museum & Picnic
Building: The Getty Center
Location: West side of Los Angeles
Architect: Richard Meier
Construction: $1.3 Billion
Site Square Footage: Campus of 24 acres (9.7 ha) on a 110-acre (45 ha)