Museu J. Paul Getty [The J. Paul Getty Museum], Malibu, United States (1993)
Part of:
  • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)
  • Alvaro Siza (architect)

Museu J. Paul Getty [The J. Paul Getty Museum], Malibu, United States (1993)



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 413 photographic materials
    379 drawings (including 351 reprographic copies)
    1 model
    0.01 l.m. of textual records
Scope and content:
This project series documents the proposed design for the J. Paul Getty Museum. While the records were held in the office’s archives this project was assigned the number 40/90. The office assigned the date 1993 to this project.

The project was a collaboration between Álvaro Siza and Peter Testa. The proposal included renovations of the Villa and the Ranch House, the reorganization of the site, as well as the addition of new installations. The main change proposed by the architects was the creation of a Terrace Gallery and a natural amphitheater, forming a new entrance west of the Villa. Renovations to the Villa included modifications to the structure and the reorganization of the interior spaces. They proposed to rearrangeme the interior of the Ranch House and the construction of a 6,000 sqaure foot auditorium with a capacity of 200 people. The proposal also included the construction of a 13,000 square foot U-shaped building for the conservation program, the scholar program, and artist residency program. The main public entrance was redirected to the Los Liones Drives and a new parking area was proposed, with a 300 automobile and 6 bus capacity. In 1994, the Machado Silvetti Firm proposal was selected.

Documenting this project are sketches and studies. Textual materials include project documentation and correspondence. Photographic materials document the models and project site.
Reference number:


Materials in this project series were compiled from multiple accessions. Materials within each accession were arranged by Álvaro Siza's office and have been kept in this order.

Malibu California United States

Language of material:
  • English
  • Portuguese

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