California Art, Artists, Galleries - California Artwork

California architecture is interesting in its mixed influences. While the landscape offers time capsules of eras that include post-earthquake rebuilds of cities such as San Francisco and Long Beach, today's architect can challenge the paradigm. Mindful of design and structural requirements for earthquake survivability, plus energy efficient products and materials addressing ecological and environmental needs, some stunning buildings have come to the fore recently. The Getty atop a hill and Walt Disney Concert Hall are two such projects in L.A. San Francisco's De Young Museum is a shining display, and Hemet's new Campus combining two museum interests with award-winning energy products show that there's a lot of innovation in these public use facilities, setting the standards for other projects to follow.

California architecture - art

Bonaventure Hotel
Los Angeles

Westin Bonaventure Hotel; John Portman & Associates, 1976; Largest hotel in Los Angeles is 367 feet (112 meters) tall and has 35 floors. The top floor has a revolving restaurant and observation level. Architect John Portman claims influence by the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and teachings of Frank Lloyd Wright, with focus on the systems by which buildings are organized with organic unity as a design ideal. Portman believes that architecture is a comprehensive discipline that should shape and direct all aspects of life. Portman received the City Association Award for this project. Read more about Architect John Portman and his projects...> MORE

Walt Disney Concert Hall
Los Angeles
Walt Disney Concert Hall (WDCH) in Los Angeles; Architect Frank O. Gehry and Gehry Partners, LLP, 2003. Estimated cost around $275 million. Gehry's use of deconstructivism design and use of steel cladding provide examples of challenges of stand alone projects next to residential use. The acoustic have been lauded in this concert hall that features the LA Philharmonic.
Sea Ranch Chapel
Sea Ranch Chapel at The Sea Ranch, California.
Museum Campus

Museum Campus at Center for Water Education and The Western Center for Archaeology and Paleontology in Hemet, California. Architects: Michael B. Lehrer, FAIA; Mark S. Gangi, AIA, 2006. The architects received the prestigious gold LEED award for this energy efficient project, tied to one  museum's theme of water conservation and education. Michael Lehrer has received other awards for James Wood Community Center, Norton-Towers-On-The-Court and Temple Bat-Yahm projects in California.


DeYoung Museum
San Francisco
De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California. Architects Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron. Pritzker Prize-winning architects created a striking building with a copper fa├žade that's perforated with a design that mimics dappled light filtering through a canopy of trees.  The building’s skin will progressively fade during a seven to ten year span from bright copper to cinnamon color, and finally will assume a rich green patina to blend with the wooded environment of Golden Gate Park.  Herzog & de Meuron....> MORE
The Getty
Los Angeles
Sundial Bridge
Sundial Bridge at Redding, California. Architect Santiago Calatrava, 2004. Cost: $23 million, approx. The bridge's tower is 217 feet high, and the bridge itself is 700 feet long. Billed as the most expensive walk bridge in the U.S., you'll not fully appreciate its unique architectural elements until you have visited Redding and walked across it.





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