September 05, 2017
Machado Silvetti is pleased to announce that Seiee Kim and Sophia Zelov have been promoted to the position of Associate
TRX Takes Shape
September 05, 2017
Major construction projects underway at Tun Razak Exchange, the 70-acre Financial District planned by Machado Silvetti
July 06, 2017
Jeffry Burchard will speak on his experience developing the master plan for Kuala Lumpur’s new financial district, Tun Razak Exchange, at 4:00pm MYT Monday, July 10.
June 05, 2017
Stephanie Randazzo Dwyer to speak at the Boston Facades+ Conference on “Making Space for Bostonians,” at 11:00am Tuesday, June 6.
June 05, 2017
Jorge Silvetti’s recently published Studio Report, Paths, Sounds, Ruins: Imagining Architecture in Candelaria is now available.
June 01, 2017
Jeffry Burchard Appointed Assistant Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design
Lecture | Recent Work
April 12, 2017
On Wednesday, 11 April at 19:00, founding principal, Jorge Silvetti will lecture at the Pantheon Institute in Rome on the firm's recent work.
VGU Site Visit
March 17, 2017
Construction is underway at the Vietnamese-German University
March 15, 2017
We are currently seeking to fill the following positions.
Denver Art Museum Project Launch
December 08, 2016
Fentress Architects and Machado Silvetti to lead revitalization of Gio Ponti’s only realized building in North America.
October 13, 2016
Vietnamese-German University Breaks Ground
Testimonials | Silver Spring Civic
May 25, 2016
Rodolfo will speak about design excellence and building in urban contexts through the office's work with developers in Silver Spring and elsewhere.
New Project | UNT CVAD
Machado Silvetti and Corgan are designing a new College of Visual Arts & Design for the University of North Texas.
May 26, 2016
Stephanie Randazzo Dwyer to present at the AAM Annual Meeting.
Center for Asian Art in the Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt Gallery of Asian Art Open.
BSA Award | VGU
VGU wins BSA Honor Award in Campus and Urban Planning
More of Something Else
October 8, 2015
Jeffry Lectured on "More of Something Else" at the RISD launch of the 2016 Int|AR journal on the Experience Economy.
December 19, 2014
A new building that combines the studio arts and theatre programs at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Link
Installation of the Center for Asian Arts' terracotta facade panels.
Times Square Tower Exhibition
August 22, 2014
The 1984 entry for the Times Square Tower Competition is currently featured at the Skyscraper Museum in New York City.Link
March 12, 2014
Machado and Silvetti Associates has been named the General Design Planner for the New Model Campus of Vietnamese-German University in the Binh Duong Province of Vietnam. This appointment is the result of an international competition held in 2013. For more information, please click the link:Link
January 13, 2014
Please read our recent newsletter, highlighting the work we have been doing with the Menokin Foundation in Virginia. To view the newsletter and to subscribe to future issues, please click the link:Link
"Architectural Explorations: Pedagogical Practices"
December 3 , 2013
Jorge Silvetti will deliver the keynote speech of this International Seminar on December 12 in Cusco, Peru. Organized by the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, this International Seminar hosts discussions regarding current educational pedagogies and will explore the future of architectural education. The week-long seminar will take place in Lima, Cuzco and Machu Pichu, December 9-14. Here is a link:Link
"All About Some Recent Buildings"
October 28 , 2013
Rodolfo Machado will present a lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Friday November 1st, 4:30pm. On the same day, Rodolfo is presenting to the Milwaukee Design Council at 12 noon. Here is a link:Link
October 11, 2013
To view our most recent newsletter and to subscribe, please see the following link:Link
Di Tella Arquitectura
September 18, 2013
Jorge Silvetti will have a conversation with Ciro Najle about the recent work of the office. The event takes place at 7:00 pm at Hall A2. Campus Alcorta: Av. Figueroa Alcorta 7350, Ciudad de Buenos Aires. Here is a link with more details:Link
September 06 , 2013
Jeffry Burchard has been promoted to the position of Associate. Jeffry is an Architect and has been with the office since 2008. He brings special expertise in design, advanced geometry, computation, parametric technology, material fabrication, strategic energy use and historical and formal analysis. For the full press release, in PDF, please click the following:Link
Buenos Aires Bienal de Arquitectura
August 08, 2013
Jorge Silvetti has been invited to speak at the 2013 Bienal de Arquitectura in Buenos Aires. The Bienal takes place the during the week of September 23 and Jorge's lecture is on the 27th. Here is a link with more details:Link
"Six Recent Buildings"
July 24, 2013
Rodolfo Machado will present a lecture at the Facultad de Arquitectura, Planeamiento y Diseno, Universidad de Rosario, Argentina on Wednesday July 31st, 3pm. Here is a link:Link
Black Family Visual Arts Center
July 22, 2013
World-Architects.com has included the Black Family Visual Arts Center at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in its 50×50 feature. 50×50 is a state-by-state look at architecture in the United States. Here is the link:Link
La Nueva Villa Getty
June 25, 2013
We have just released La Nueva Villa Getty detailing the 12-year expansion and transformation of the Getty Villa in Malibu. The book is co-authored by Jorge Silvetti and Conrad Ello and introduced by Franciso Mangado. This richly illustrated account offers a comprehensive graphic record of the project's complex components and scales. The monograph, available in Spanish only, was presented to the public in Madrid by Rafael Moneo, Francisco Mangado and El Pais critic Luis Fernandex Galiano on June 6th at the Circulo de Bellas Artes de Madrid. For more details and to purchase the book see the following link:Link
Jorge Silvetti to lecture at RPI
April 2, 2013
Jorge Silvetti will present the office's recent work at Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute on Monday, April 15th at 6:00pm. For information on RPI's lecture series, see the following link:Link
The Mint Museum receives an AIA Charlotte Honor Award
March 30, 2013
The Mint Museum is the recipient of an Honor Award from AIA Charlotte. This project combines the Mint Museum of Art and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design on a prominent site in downtown Charlotte, NC. For more information on this AIA Award, see the following link:Link
Rodolfo Machado Lectures in Puerto Rico
February 13, 2013
Rodolfo Machado gave a lecture last Saturday at the University of Puerto Rico, Escuela de Arquitectura. The lecture, titled 5 New Buildings, 5 Different Architectures, covered the recent work of Machado and Silvetti Associates.
Jorge Silvetti Writes Essay on Urban Interventions in Buenos Aires
February 12, 2013
Jorge Silvetti's essay, "Buenos Aires: A Tale of Two Cities?" appears in the new book, In the Life of Cities. The book, published by Lars Muller Publishers, is the culmination of a colloquium held at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. For more information on the book, as well as purchasing, see the following link:Link
The Chazen Museum of Art Receives a 2012 BSA Honor Award for Design Excellence
February 12, 2013
The Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin is the recipient of an Honor Award in Design Excellence from the
Boston Society of Architects. This project is the embodiment of a strong physical connection and sense of continuity between an existing museum and its addition. For information on the BSA's Design Awards, see the following link:Link
Machado and Silvetti Associates Ranked 11th in "The Architect 50"
May 27, 2011
Architect Magazine recently released its third-annual ranking of American Architecture firms, judged on three factors: profitability, sustainable ethos, and design quality. Machado and Silvetti Associates is ranked 11th on the list, for the full article and ranking see the following link:Link
Mint Museum Grand Opening
June 8, 2010
The Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina will open its doors to the public on Friday, October 1st. The museum is hosting a 24-Hour Grand Opening celebration, which includes a ribbon cutting ceremony and activities for all ages. Please see the link below to the Mint Museum website for additional information.Link
New Project Imagery
May 17, 2010
See the following links for imagery of the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina and the Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.Mint MuseumChazen Museum
Chazen Museum of Art Expansion Under Construction
October 7, 2009
The Chazen Museum of Art on the University of Wisconsin's Madison campus is under construction. The design by Machado and Silvetti Associates will add 81,000 square feet to the museum, nearly doubling the gallery space for the permanent collection and temporary exhibits. The expansion is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2011.
AUB School of Business Nears Completion
August 11, 2009
Opening celebrations for the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business have been scheduled for October 13, 2009. On August 15, 2009 the project will be handed over to the school and will be fully occupied by the start of the fall semester. You can see updated construction photos by clicking the link below.
New York University Announces Plans for New Spiritual Center
June 2, 2009
"The site, on Washington Square South and Thompson Street, will be home to NYU's Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, which will include spaces for religious observance, offices for NYU's Chaplains' Circle, classes, music rehearsals, and conferences, and will include space for an ongoing Catholic presence. The creation of this Center will provide a communal home for our students' religious and spiritual lives, as well as furnish us with additional academic space in our core area."
Community Service Award
January 11, 2009
Construction Communications has awarded Harvard University a Community Service Award for Machado and Silvetti Associates' graduate student housing project at One Western Avenue in Allston, Massachusetts. The award recognizes the building as important for aiding in local and state economic development efforts over the past decade.
Silver Spring Town Square and Civic Center Under Construction
January 11, 2009
The Machado and Silvetti Associates town square and civic center in Silver Spring, Maryland, is under construction as of October 1st, 2008. Anticipated completion of the project is March 2010. Silverchips article by Fran Djoukeng on Silver Spring Town Square.Link
AIA New England Design Awards Winner
November 6, 2008
Renovation and Expansion of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, in Brunswick, Maine, wins an Honor Award from the AIA New England's 2008 Design Awards program. The project is featured in the October 2008 issue of Maine Home + Design Magazine."Link
American Architecture Award Winner
November 6, 2008
The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design has awarded the Bowdoin College Museum of Art renovation and expansion in Brunswick, Maine, an American Architecture Award, in recognition of being among "the most significant new contemporary architecture, landscape architecture, interiors, and urban planning in the United States."Link
SODIC Gears up for Cityscape Dubai
November 6, 2008
Machado and Silvetti Associates' Eastown Design Featured.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 6, 2008
"Dartmouth College Visual Arts Center as a New Campus Gateway"
Bowdoin College Museum of Art
August 19, 2008
"Machado and Silvetti have given new life to a small museum, one alive with a feeling of learning and civic engagement."Article by James McCown of ArchitectureWeek.comLink
ASU Hassayampa awarded RADA's Grand Award
August 19, 2008
Machado and Silvetti Associates + Gould Evans, LLC Hassayampa Academic Village at Arizona State University, in Tempe, is presented a "Grand Award" from the 2008 Residential Architect Design Awards.
August 19, 2008
Atelier 505 mixed-use commercial and residential building, in Boston's Historic South End, is one of ten developments from North America selected as winners of the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) 2008 Awards for Excellence: The Americas Competition.
August 19, 2008
Architype Review features Harvard University One Western Avenue graduate student housing, as one of 2008's Notable Dormitory Projects.Link
The American Institute of Architects Announces the 2007 COTE Top Ten Green Projects
April 23, 2007
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored on May 3rd at the AIA 2007 National Convention and Design Exposition in San Antonio.Link
Architects unveil sneak peek of Chazen
February 2nd, 2007
After fundraising and gathering support since the late 1990s, Chazen Museum supporters received their first glimpse Thursday night of a 62,000-square foot expansion project.
Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti of Associates of Boston were awarded the bid last month in association with Continuum Architects in Milwaukee. Machado visited the campus Thursday night and spoke to a crowd at the Chazen with a set of preliminary concept renderings.Link
September 1, 2006
Live Webcam to follow the building's construction.Link
36 Hours, Provincetown, Mass.
August 11, 2006
Fred A. Bernstein, The New York Times:"Park your bike at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (460 Commercial Street, 508-487-1750; www.paam.org), the town's premier art space, especially with its smart new addition by Machado and Silvetti (the architects of the Getty Villa restoration in Los Angeles). It's open till 10 p.m. (and free) on Friday nights. There are dozens of other galleries in Provincetown, and they're all open late on Fridays. You'll have to make one detour to the DNA Gallery (288 Bradford Street, 508-487-7700; www.dnagallery.com). DNA shares space with the Provincetown Tennis Club, which explains the Ping-Pong table in the lobby. If you're bored with art, volley for serve."
In cozy P-town, a spacious newcomer fits right in.
June 4, 2006
Robert Campbell, Blobe Correspondent:"Indoors, the museum is a delight. The galleries are high and wide and so arranged that you can take them all in—new ones and old ones—with one looping walk. They're beautifully lighted from skylights, which face north to avoid direct sun. Their backs, facing south, bear photovoltaic panels. There's artificial light too, but it automatically dims as daylight increases. The whole building, in fact, is a serious attempt at green architecture. The museum expects a silver LEED rating (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the US Green Building Council…"Link
Architectural Record editor Robert Ivy visits the Getty Villa.
June 6, 2006
"What a scrumptious sight. All that vegetation, all that money so artfully deployed to create an Eden in concrete and stone. The architects seemed to have worked at two scales-a sort of muscular heroic, in which beefy walls step along canyon walls, offering heft and a clearly articulated step up the canyon walls, then cascading down the hillsides in a series of cascades. At the same time, the hybrid project includes a wealth of detailing that would make an emperor blush: Italian marble that glows from within, bronze fittings and entire walls of glazing, hand-crafted sconces and fittings, and more varieties of concrete than you could have imagined existed. Black marble flows like water on flat surfaces; Turkish onyx caps a wall. All that oil money has been frozen in time, transformed into a roman dreamscape that funnels inside to the displays, climatically and seismically stabilized."Link
Clifford Pearson on the Getty Villa in Architectural Record
May 11, 2006
"By pushing most of the new buildings into the side of the canyon, Machado and Silvetti hid much of the structures' bulk and used them as a finely articulated retaining wall. The firm also tied the various pieces together with a meandering path punctuated by stairs, landings, terraces, and scenic overlooks. The best of the new is the grand entry pavilion, whose freestanding, onyx-topped portal frames a dramatic view of the villa looming above it. The outdoor spaces spanning the divide are wonderful: well-proportioned, urbane places for enjoying a snack, relaxing, or pondering the riddle of restoring a facsimile of a house that no one in 2,000 years has seen.
As for the villa itself, Machado and Silvetti's renovation delivers a near miracle-a museum that elicits no smirks from the art world. Without irony or any Postmodern winks, the architects treated the villa as a serious building, as "an artifact in a collection," explains Silvetti. First-time visitors probably won't know it, but the architects made major changes-including adding 58 windows to the once-dark gallery corridors around the inner peristyle, opening up the atrium with a retractable skylight, and creating a series of dazzling stone floors that interpret ancient decorative patterns. As every jeweler knows, the setting is as important as the jewel, especially if the rock turns out to be cubic zirconia. Machado and Silvetti has done a masterful job with the Getty's setting, crafting a sophisticated ensemble of buildings, plazas, and landscaping that finally provides a real home for a relic of another time and place."Link
Flickr Getty Images
April 26, 2006
Many images taken by visitors to the Getty Villa can be found on the social photography site Flickr.Link
Getty Villa works on many layers
April 16, 2006
Robert Campbell, The Boston Globe:"Wonderful buildings are rare. Too many things can go wrong. Like a choir of angels, everyone involved has to sing in harmony—the architect, the owner, the engineers and other consultants, the builders, the neighbors, and the people who furnish, manage, and occupy the place.So it's a pleasure to report that the Getty Villa in Malibu, which was designed by Boston architects and opened in January, is a wonderful building."
South Boston Maritime Park awarded ASLA General Design Award of Honor
April 25, 2006
Already featured in Landscape Architecture magazine and local periodicals, and recipient of an Honor Award from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects, the park and its cafe are among the most popular sites in the emerging Seaport district."The level of craftsmanship is so appealing and responsive to the maritime legacy."Link
Provincetown Museum Mixes History With Avant-Garde
April 9, 2006
William Morgan, Hartford Courant:"The just-completed addition to the Provincetown Art Association and Museum is as edgy, remarkable and as captivating as the town itself.This unabashedly modern concrete, glass and wood addition is attached to a simple frame Federal-period house that has served as the association's home for 85 years. With the exception of some shingled sheathing, there has been no attempt to reconcile past and present. Yet that very in-your-face attitude is why the new museum is such a triumph."Link
When in Malibu, do as the Romans did
26 March 2006
Jeanne Cooper, SF Chronicle:"With a new entrance, buildings, landscaping and special events centered on its classical arts collection, the Getty Villa is both more welcoming and more rewarding than before-if you can get in. You see, while the spirit of J. Paul might drop in whenever he chooses, the public needs free, timed tickets that are already sold out through the end of July. But if, like the new villa's designers, you're willing to take a slightly different approach, you might be able to score a visit with a special bonus…"Link
The Mint Museums Expansion Continues...
March 6, 2006
Further information about Machado and Silvetti's expansion and relocation of the Mint Museums in Charlotte, North Carolina can now be found on their website, where Patricia Rodgers, Chair of The Mint Museums' Board of Trustees, elaborates on the design team choice. "During the interview process, the Selection Committee felt strongly that this team demonstrated a passion for every aspect of what the Mint is trying to accomplish for the community. We could see their ability to collaborate in everything they told us and everything they showed us."
An afternoon at the Getty Villa
March 6, 2006
Tucker Neel, LA Alternative:Tucker Neel spends an afternoon at the Getty Villa: "Just before the Villa closed and the guards kicked me out, I took a second to inhale the picture perfect view of the Pacific Ocean from the top floor overlooking the Outer Peristyle gardens. I found myself caught in a moment of total enchantment…"Link
Getty Villa Digs Out After Its Own Volcanic Eruption
February 20, 2006
William Booth, The Washington Post:"The renovated Getty Villa, with its new marble and mosaic floors and freshly painted walls, is now surrounded by a new campus of modernist buildings designed by Boston architects Roldolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti. The lean, clean structures house administration, education, conservation staffs, as well as a welcome pavilion, store and cafe… Among the challenges the architects had to deal with was the flow. What they hit upon… is the metaphor of an archeological dig. Today a visitor approaches the villa first from below; then you ascend to and rise above it, and look down and see it nestled in a narrow canyon, "as though the villa was being excavated."Link
When in Rome. A striking redesign of the Getty's Malibu villa
February 20, 2006
Paul Goldberger, The New Yorker:"By treating the barely old as a revered object, Machado and Silvetti somehow make visitors feel that this building is no longer an object of ridicule but, rather, worthy of respect. It is an understated, sly maneuver, and they do it without taking the easy path of irony. Machado and Silvetti have recast the villa not only through their upgrades but in the way they have surrounded it with a series of new structures, changing its context. The villa is no longer its own little theme park: it is now an architectural folly in the center of a carefully conceived, impeccably wrought modern campus. In the English landscape tradition, the folly was not a trivial object but a noble act of historical connoisseurship, playing off against a great manor house that was designed in a more contemporary style. Machado and Silvetti have saved the once outlandish villa by connecting it to this honorable architectural heritage."Link
Getty Gets Grand Opening
February 3, 2006
Fernando Roldan, Canyon News:"We worked to reverse the difficulties created by the steep topography, transforming it from a barrier into a virtue of the overall campus," Jorge Silvetti, principal of architects Machado and Silvetti Associates, Inc., said in the press release. "Now, visitors can wander through the lush site, following the contours of the design and terrain, to experience the drama of an archeological dig. Here we have uncovered, as it were, previously hidden artifacts that are presented to visitors as if they were his or her discovery."Link
New Getty museum gives ancient artifacts a fresh face
February 3, 2006
Gloria Goodale , Christian Science Monitor:"Originally built in 1974 by oil tycoon J. Paul Getty to showcase an eclectic collection that included not only antiquities but French furniture and paintings by the Old Masters, the museum was closed eight years ago for an ambitious modernization and expansion. Everything but the ancient art was moved up to the Getty's sister museum in Brentwood. The beachside villa was refurbished and redesigned as a one-of-a-kind world-class "campus," devoted to the study and exhibition of classical art, with new on-site research and conservation facilities."Link
Malibu museum Getty gets lift
February 19, 2006
Jerry Brown , Boston Herald:"The original villa and a couple of other smaller buildings had been built using little of the 64-acre site. In order to expand the facility to allow construction of the 23 galleries in which the art is displayed, the hill had to be excavated to provide more buildable space. By the same method, a parking structure, sadly lacking in the grounds of the earlier museum, was created."
Renovated classical museum returns to L.A. art scene
Februrary 2, 2006
Evan Henerson, Press Telegram:"The galleries themselves have also undergone a significant face lift. A central staircase now links the two floors… The addition of nearly 60 windows and skylights floods the building with natural light.
"It really gets you close to one of the most important traits of the Roman household: the connection to nature," says Silvetti. "That was very important to us. Natural light and classical art were meant for each other."Link
The Getty Villa: The 'Wow' Factor
February 2, 2006
Tom Teicholz, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles:"As you turn the corner, you are dazzled by a 180-degree panorama that looks over the roof of the villa itself, down the canyon and out to the sea. You can take in the breadth of the outdoor peristyle gardens, the new entrance of the Getty Villa in all its classical splendor, and then look up the hill to the new structures, the cafe with indoor and outdoor seating and a snack cart, as well as a new museum gift shop, the Getty ranch house and the new buildings devoted to staff, conferences, conservation and education."Link
Villa's Reopening a Low-Key Marvel
January 29, 2006
Mike Boehm and Lynne Heffley, LA Times:"The Getty Villa reopened to the public Saturday, a low-key unveiling that nonetheless left visitors marveling – as much at the beauty of the $275-million transformation of the museum and grounds as at the antiquities collection inside. Despite storms buffeting the J. Paul Getty Trust for more than a year, all was sunny in Pacific Palisades, where trust President Barry Munitz held the door to welcome the first visitors.
"The presentation of the art is already an art. The site is art," said Denise Brkljacic, who with her husband, Predrag, and 38 others in a group from the Fullerton Senior Multi-Service Center, were among the first regular guests to set foot on the grounds since the villa closed in 1997."
Getty Villa shows off face-lift
January 29, 2006
"In renovating the villa, architect Jorge Silvetti said the design team was trying to create a gathering place where visitors could relax, people-watch and dine while also enjoying art… "This is going to be a delightful place," Silvetti said. "It's very intimate. It's not very big. It is in that sense a very full place."
The Getty's Awkward Bit
January 28, 2006
Stephen West, The Globe and Mail:"This job was much more extensive than a renovation," Silvetti said. "It was the creation of a campus," including a 450-seat outdoor amphitheatre, 250-seat auditorium, restaurant, bookstore, offices, conservation labs and parking structures arranged around the central museum building."
Getty's vision is vindicated
January 30, 2006
John Hiscock, Telegraph:
"The long-anticipated opening was California's biggest art and architecture event of the year. Words are being eaten and criticism rethought. Instead of an old man's display of personal vanity, the Getty Villa, as it is called, is now viewed as a vibrantly splendid testament to the oilman's vision and dreams of grandeur."Link
Getty Museum reopening its much renovated villa
January 27, 2006
John Rogers, Seattle Times:"I would hope there is a sense of wonder that really surprises in a very, very happy and positive way," Silvetti said as he sat in the plaza's courtyard on a recent sun-dappled day. "Our vision of the project was very deliberate – to create surprises."Link
Seeing the Ancients Anew
Nancy Ganiard Smith, Palisadian Post:"(T)he revamped Villa… following the winning design of architects Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti, is perhaps the most carefully done building of its kind ever built, with a state-of-the-art systems installed throughout to ensure the safety of the works of art."
Villa Shines Through Getty's Clouds
Christopher Knight of the LATimes CalendarLive:"As redesigned by the Boston-based architectural team of Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti, the extraordinary complex exudes an unmistakably elegiac aura."
LA Daily News on the Getty Villa
Renovated classical museum returns to L.A. art scene. "Initial impressions count for a lot, and the people who have redesigned and renovated the Getty Villa are looking to produce some serious "Wows!" rather quickly…"
A window on the past opens wider
Christopher Reynolds of the LATimes CalendarLive:"No matter if Herakles has fallen off your holiday card list. Never mind if you don't know an alabastron from a loutrophoros. Odds are you will soon find yourself at the Getty Villa on the edge of Malibu, maybe trailing a loved one, maybe squiring out-of-towners. After an eight-year closure for renovation and litigation, the villa finally reopens Saturday…
"Facing tricky topography and the property's eccentric history as a 20th century copy of a 2,000-year-old Roman country house, the answer of architects Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti was to half-bury everything in the hillside. This gives the whole place the feeling of a well-catered archeological dig, minus the dust, plus a few thousand plants and up to 1,200 visitors per day…"
Machado and Silvetti Associates chosen for Mint Museums project
Machado and Silvetti Associates, a Boston architectural firm experienced with museums, has been chosen to design the Mint Museums' new building on South Tryon Street uptown. The firm will work with Washington, D.C., consultant George Sexton and Charlotte firm Clark Patterson Associates. The museum will be part of a complex spearheaded by Wachovia that will include retail, a 1,100-seat theater and condos."It's a very, very complicated project," Mint board chairman Pat Rodgers said Wednesday of a new facility pegged at 145,000 square feet and $54 million. The three firms, she said, were chosen to cooperate on ensuring the Mint fits into the complex but also stands out-facing Tryon Street, it will be next to a 40-plus story Wachovia tower and have condos above; creating an identity for the crafts museum. The project brings together the fine arts from the Randolph Road museum and crafts from the North Tryon museum, a venue that's gotten national support and attention, something the Mint wants to hold onto; and helping create a new urban gateway for uptown's southern end, bringing together open space, the area's first cultural facilities, retail and offices.
Guardian Article on the Getty Villa
"The Getty Villa is reopening this week after a 12-year, $275m renovation. Its new raison d'etre: to house and display the museum's extensive, and lately disputed, classical antiquities collection. Emily Carr takes a tour with architect Jorge Silvetti.
If controversy is a harbinger of success – and in Los Angeles, it usually is – then the Getty Villa, one of this city's most treasured cultural icons, is set to be a smash hit as it re-emerges after an epic facelift…"
Getty Villa opens to the public
The Getty Villa in Malibu California is set to open to the public on the 18th of January, 2006.The Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades will reopen to the public on Saturday, January 28, bringing to an end the protracted renovation construction that began in 1997 but was interrupted by opposition to the project. This cultural landmark returns with a new mission as an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria.The renovated Villa includes new galleries, which feature steel support systems hidden in the walls and floors to secure large and heavy works of art and protect them in case of earthquakes. Among other highlights are the new 250-seat auditorium and the 450-seat Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater, an outdoor theater based on ancient prototypes that allows contemporary audiences to experience classical performances as they were once viewed.The site also incorporates new space for Getty staff and scholars, including state-of-the-art conservation laboratories, seminar rooms, a classroom, and the research library at the Villa with about 20,000 volumes. Further information is available at the Getty website.
Provincetown Art Association and Museum opens
Machado and Silvetti Associates of Boston is nearing completion on the renovation and expansion of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. The design achieves the objectives as expressed by the museum: to significantly increase the ability to store a growing art collection; to develop a clear sequence of gallery spaces; to expand the Museum School facilities; and to establish a clear entry for the Museum that incorporated the existing structures. In doing so, the project has dramatically improved the museum's ability to store and display art, and represents an attempt to shape an architectural identity for the institution within Provincetown's unique context, all the while adhering to rigorous standards of sustainable architecture. The site for the museum is located at the east end of Commercial Street, the town's main street, and the new expansion nearly doubles the amount of exhibit and storage space. The project began construction in November 2003 and is scheduled for final completion this fall. The Grand Opening is on Friday November 12. For more information on the museum, please visit their website.