Los Angeles is widely known for its rich arts and culture scene. Lovers of all kinds of art forms flock to the many exhibitions, openings and art galleries. The LA area is also a mecca for architecture lovers. These are just a few of the magnificent structures to visit in the Los Angeles area.
A day in downtown LA is not complete without a stop at the historic Bradbury Building. This national landmark is the oldest commercial building in the region. To this day this building is a striking architectural gem with an airy Victorian court, open cage elevators, marble stairways and iron railings.
Just across the street from the Bradbury Building is the Grand Central Market, another must see for any lover of interesting architecture. In addition to being a foodie hot spot, it is also a piece of Americana with vintage neon signs that sit above each of the rustic food stalls throughout. The Market is a great place to grab a bite and take in the scenery.
A great day trip can be spent visiting the Getty Villa in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood. This academic hub and museum combo focuses on an understanding of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. The buildings are Roman-inspired and visitors can wander the lush Roman-style gardens. When visiting the museum you can take in the intoxicating scenery, as it sits atop a hill overlooking the ocean. There is also an indoor auditorium and outdoor theater, built with the inspiration of ancient Rome.
A very different type of architecture can be enjoyed with a visit to the LA Observatory. This cosmic building sits on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park. The outside of the building is striking with a white stone façade and fascinating pieces spread throughout the grounds. After taking in the beauty of this grand structure you can head inside to look through gigantic telescopes, explore the many exhibits, and even take in a live show at the Samuel Oschin Planetarium.
Two renowned European street artists, referred to simply as JR and Vhils, spent some time in Los Angeles working in unison to create the two sizeable Downtown Los Angeles murals. Two buildings on Spring Street became the artist’s canvases for two enormous pieces of art. JR, a French artist, used monochromatic photographs and wheat-pasting them to the sides of the buildings. Vhils, a Portuguese artist, finished the pieces using his chiseling technique called “Scratching the Surface.” They are something that all Los Angeleno’s should see.
The Pavilion for Japanese Art is a part of the LA County Museum Association and was designed by renowned architect Bruce Goff. The structure was purposed to house the museum’s extensive collection of Japanese works that date from approximately 3000 B.C. through the 20th century. The building is a marvel both inside and out and is sure to please the architecture lover in you.
The Skirball Cultural Center is a unique feat of building and is home to one of the country’s most innovative Jewish cultural institutions. Architect, urban planner, educator, theorist, and author, Moshe Safdie, designed the center. What was unique about this project is that Safdie was the single architect overseeing multiple expansions of this structure; he designed all four construction phases of the Skirball’s fifteen-acre campus.
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