The project includes the remodeling of the existing J. Paul Getty Museum—a re-creation of a first-century Roman country house—to house the permanent collection of antiquities; the transformation of Getty's adjacent ranch house into a research facility and library; and the construction of new support facilities, public areas and gardens. New components such as the Entry Pavilion, the Fleischman Theater, the museum café and store, conservation laboratories, a scholar's library and educational facilities are strategically integrated into the new gardens and outdoor spaces, setting the original villa as the visual centerpiece. These new elements are either set with materially-rich retaining walls within terraced gardens to support the dramatic topography of the site or articulated as discrete architectural elements.
The 64-acre site of the Getty project demonstrates MSA's ability to coordinate complex and multidisciplinary design problems. We have earned a proven record of effective leadership in orchestrating and building consensus among the variety of constituents and stakeholders. Our design team worked seamlessly with the Getty curators, collections managers, conservators to ensure appropriate and state-of-the-art facilities for a world-class institution. An extensive process of community involvement was also critical to the success of this project, due to its location between two established residential neighborhoods. Advanced teaching spaces, such as seminar rooms and a lecture hall, were developed for art education programs. The process also included fully integrated construction manager participation, as well as the implementation of sequential trade packages for construction.