GETTY CENTER TEMPORARY INSTITUTION



LOCATION: SANTA MONICA, CA

DATE: 1985

SIZE: 40,000 SF

PROGRAM: OFFICES, LIBRARY, CONFERENCE ROOMS, WORK STATIONS, GALLERY, AUDITORIUM, LOUNGE & STORAGE



The temporary institution for the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities was housed within multiple floors of a 40,000 SF existing building in downtown Santa Monica. The building housed libraries, archives, study centers, scholars’ offices, auditoriums, and an extensive computer facility. The design reflects the temporary yet substantial nature of the Center as a workplace and as a public institution.

Areas open to the public were designed to serve the practical and visual interest of the visitor and the livelihood of the permanent staff. The building materials and their articulation reflect the temporary existence of the Center both economically and symbolically, while avoiding corporate slickness and makeshift solutions.

The intent of the design was to create a distinct separation between the staff and the public areas. While comfort for the people who work in the Center on a daily basis was paramount, the visual impact and sense of surprise was maintained in the shared areas.

CLIENT: J.P.Getty Trust

DESIGN TEAM: Batey & Mack, Mark Mack (Partner-in-Charge) Frank Frost, Wendy Tsuji (Associate Architects) Hassan Afrookteh, Susan Scovell, Steve Trout, Laus Kiesler, David Hall (Project Team)

CONSULTANTS: Brandow and Johnston (Structural), James A. Knowles and Associates (Mechanical), Jones Cooper and Associates (Electrical) Architectural Lighting Design (Lighting), Charles Salter Associates (Acoustical)

GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Dinwiddie Construction, Laughlin Waters, Jr. (Project Manager), Paul Powell (Foreman)

PHOTOGRAPHY: Paul Warchol, Tim Street-Porter



Los Angeles Times, June 30, 1985

Los Angeles Examiner, June 30, 1985

Architectural Record Interiors, Mid-September 1985

Vanity Fair, October 1985

House and Garden, December 1986

Casa Vogue, March 1987