Built in 1997, atop Santa Monica Hills in Los Angeles, the Getty Center became a symbol of large scale public architecture as soon as it opened. Five interconnected pavilions clad in Italian Travertine stone house the Getty Museum. The design relies upon natural topography as well as formal interplay of geometries. It is the American Acropolis in its grandeur and ambition.
The astronomical observatories of Jantar Mantar are minimalist scientific instruments built with concrete and masonry in vivid colors. Built between 1724 and 1730, they inspired modernist painters and architects of early twentieth century. They offered a glimpse of minimalist architecture much before its time.
By blending the natural history of geological rock formations into its architectural design, the proposed addition to the Bruce Museum in Greenwich CT is both innovative and modern.