Saturday, July 26, 2008

Around Town - Lautner at the Hammer

Chemosphere 1960

If you love architecture like I do, Los Angeles is a fantastic place to live. Despite being a young city compared to Boston or New York (or Rome!) , greater Los Angeles, by which I mean Pasadena to Pacific Palisades, has a rich architectural tradition. From the Turn of the Century Castle Green by Fedrick Roehrig in Pasadena to the new BCAM at LACMA by Renzo Piano, there are numerous examples of work by some of the best architects of the last 100 or so years.

Here's a list of just some of the great architects who have created great Los Angeles buildings.

Green & Green - Gamble House

Myron Hunt - Huntington Residence

John & Donald Parkinson - Bullocks Wilshire

Alison & Alison - Royce Hall

Albert Martin - May Company

Raphael Soriano -Schulman House

Charles & Rae Eames - Eames House

Pierre Koenig - Case Study House 21

Paul Williams - LAX Theme Building

Frank Lloyd Wright - Ennis House

Rudolf Schindler - Wilson House

Oscar Neimeyer - Strick House

William Periera - Robertson Plaza

Richard Meier - Getty Center

Frank Gehry - Disney Hall

For me one of the quintessential LA architects is John Launter whose modern designs captivated the forward looking attitude of Los Angeles of the 1960's and an exhibition of his work, Between Heaven and Earth, is now at the Hammer Museum.


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