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Modernist Architecture – 20th Century Built Environment + The International Style

Oct 13, 2018
Getty Foundation Keeping it Modern Grants for 2018

Eleven new grants include first projects in Cuba and Lebanon, as well as the famous Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri:

Getty Foundation 2018 Keeping it Modern Grants

1 Aug + 31 Jul 2017

Getty Foundation Keeping it Modern Grants for 2017

Bauhaus Building One of Twelve Recipients of Getty Foundation’s Keeping It Modern Grants


Quintessential modernist site among new grants that expand the architectural conservation program’s reach to Japan, Morocco, Russia, and Turkey

July 31, 2017, LOS ANGELES – The Getty Foundation today announced $1.66 million in architectural conservation grants dedicated to twelve significant 20th century buildings as part of its Keeping It Modern initiative.

Among this year’s most recognizable projects is Germany’s Bauhaus Building, the revered Dessau structure designed by architect Walter Gropius, who incorporated design features that would ultimately become synonymous with modern architecture around the world. Since its inception in 2014, Keeping It Modern has supported 45 international conservation projects that collectively point to the importance of research and planning for the preservation of modern architectural heritage.

Bauhaus Dessau building, Germany:
Bauhaus Dessau building
photo © Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, photo © Yvonne Tenschert

The twelve projects selected to receive funding this year represent the work of innovative architects who pushed the boundaries of design and construction materials, including the

Coventry Cathedral, Coventry, England (architect: Sir Basil Spence);
Coventry Cahtedral building by Basil Spence architect
photo © David Jamieson
Coventry Cathedral Building

Boston City Hall, Boston, Massachusetts (architects: Kallmann, McKinnell, & Knowles);
Boston City Hall
photo © Naquib Hossain/Dotproduct Photography
Boston City Hall Building

Sidi Harazem Thermal Bath Complex, Sidi Harazem, Morocco (architect: Jean-François Zevaco);
Sidi Harazem Thermal Bath Complex
Image © Frac Centre-Val de Loire Collection.
Sidi Harazem Thermal Bath Complex Building

Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan (architect: Kenzo Tange);
Yoyogi National Gymnasium
Photo courtesy Japan Sport Council
Yoyogi National Gymnasium Building

Faculty of Architecture Building, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (architects: Altuğ and Behruz Çinici);
Faculty of Architecture Building Middle East Technical University
photo © D. Tuntas
Middle East Technical University Faculty of Architecture Building

Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP), São Paulo, Brazil (architect: Lina Bo Bardi);
photo © Eduardo Ortega
Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand

St Peter’s Seminary, Glasgow, Scotland (architects: Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia architectural practice);
St Peter’s Seminary Cardross building interior
photo © Niels Lomholt
St Peter’s Seminary

Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh, India (architect: Le Corbusier);
Forecourt of the Government Museum and Art Gallery
photo © SM Dhami
Government Museum and Art Gallery in Chandigarh

Price Tower, Bartlesville, Oklahoma (architect: Frank Lloyd Wright);
Price Tower
photo © Jessica Lamirand, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Price Tower, Oklahoma

Melnikov House, Moscow, Russia (architect: Konstantin Melinkov);
Melnikov House
photo © Pavel Kuznetsov
Melnikov House

Bauhaus Building in Dessau, Germany (architect: Walter Gropius);
Bauhaus Building

Stadio Flaminio, Rome, Italy (architect: Pier Luigi Nervi).
Stadio Flaminio
photo © Oscar Savio. Courtesy Pier Luigi Nervi Project Association, Brussels
Stadio Flaminio, Rome

“Over the past three years, we have given 45 Keeping It Modern grants in 22 countries, and we bring together experts working on the conservation projects each summer to share their findings. Together our colleagues are building a critical body of knowledge for the stewardship of modern buildings,” says Deborah Marrow, director of the Getty Foundation. “This year’s 12 new projects, along with prior grants for landmarks all over the world, will provide models for the protection of modern architecture for future generations.”

The Bauhaus Building is a sleek steel, concrete, and glass structure that was made to house the most progressive school of art and architecture of the early 20th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is both a clear statement of Walter Gropius’s visionary aesthetic and a monument to some of the 20th century’s most influential artists, architects, and designers. As part of the Keeping It Modern grant, experts will conduct new research on the building’s signature features, such as its glass curtain walls and original paint colors, and then combine their findings with the site’s extensive historical and technical records to create a systematic conservation management plan.

A new theme evident in many of the 2017 grants is the pressing need to update 20th century buildings to meet 21st century demands. In the case of Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, this site of Asia’s first Olympic Games in 1964 designed by Pritzker-Prize winning architect Kenzo Tange will once again be put to use for indoor sports competitions during the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020. In order to ensure that any interventions on the site meet heritage as well as safety standards, the Japan Sport Council plans to work with a project team that includes distinguished architects, scholars, engineers, and advisors, including Fumihiko Maki, Kenzo Tange’s student and a 1993 Pritzker Prize winner.

Additionally, Boston City Hall, with its Brutalist municipal architecture, faces a challenge to protect the building’s original design amidst necessary interventions, including honoring the idea of openness and accessibility in today’s security-conscious world. In Morocco, the Sidi Harazem thermal baths represent an opportunity to convert an ancient spring and its surrounding complex into a thriving oasis for Moroccan citizens and international tourists.

This year’s grants also include the first project in Russia, a country that contributed greatly to the international development of modern architecture. Moscow’s Melnikov House is an excellent example of Soviet avant-garde architecture and is notable for its structural ingenuity. Built as two intersecting cylinders that are free of interior walls, the house’s unconventional style reflects the boundary-pushing vision of architect Konstantin Melnikov, who designed the house as his studio and family residence. The Getty grant comes at a time of renewed national interest in conservation planning as the building’s stewards prepare to increase visitorship to the home, and the resulting conservation plan can serve as a model for the preservation of other avant-garde monuments from the 1920s-1930s in the country.

All of the new grants will support conservation planning and research, as successful interventions require the thorough assessment of current building conditions. The results will provide guidance for other projects in the future.

“Now that Keeping It Modern is in its fourth year, with earlier projects already completed, we are starting to see a positive response from the field,” says Antoine Wilmering, senior program officer at the Getty Foundation. “There is a domino effect of research findings and planning methodologies developed for one context being applied to other sites, which is a valuable outcome.”

Deadlines and criteria for the next round of Keeping It Modern applications will soon be announced on the Getty Foundation website. The Foundation developed Keeping It Modern to complement the Getty Conservation Institute’s Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative (CMAI).


Full project summaries available: Getty Foundation Keeping it Modern Grants for 2017

The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that includes the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations: the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.

The Getty Foundation fulfills the philanthropic mission of the Getty Trust by supporting individuals and institutions committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world.

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2020 Keeping it Modern Grants: Getty Foundation

Jul 29, 2016

Getty Foundation Keeping it Modern

Getty Foundation Keeping it Modern


The nine grantees this year include the initiative’s first projects by female architects, the first project in Africa, and Soviet Modernist buildings

Getty Foundation Keeping it Modern 2017 Grants

Excerpts below:

Association de Gestion du Site Cap Moderne, Villa E-1027:
Villa E-1027, Cap Moderne
Villa E-1027, Cap Moderne, photograph Manuel Bougot www.manuelbougot.com. 2016

Like the previous grantees, the projects selected to receive funding this year are of the highest architectural significance:

Lina Bo Bardi’s Casa de Vidro (Brazil), Eileen Gray’s Villa E-1027 (France), Nickson and Borys’s Children’s Library (Ghana), Wallace Harrison’s First Presbyterian Church (Connecticut, United States), Eladio Dieste’s Cristo Obrero Church (Uruguay), Gevorg Kochar and Mikael Mazmanyan’s Sevan Writers’ Resort (Armenia), Sir Frederick Gibberd’s Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral (United Kingdom), Gautam Sarabhai’s workshop building (India), and Andrija Mutnjakovic’s National Library of Kosovo (Kosovo).

Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi, Casa de Vidro:
Casa de Vidro São Paulo
Casa de Vidro © Leonardo Finotti

Comisión del Patrimonio Cultural de la Nación, Cristo Obrero Church:
Recommended amount: $150,000
Cristo Obrero Church
Cristo Obrero Church. © Leonardo Finotti

Highland Green Foundation Inc., First Presbyterian Church:
First Presbyterian Church in Stamford, Connecticut,
First Presbyterian Church, interior of Sanctuary. Photo by Robert Gregsoni

ArchiAfrika Accra, Children’s Library:
Children’s Library in Accra
Facade of the Children’s Library in Accra. Photo by Evans/Three Lions/Getty Images

The Writers’ Union of Armenia, Sevan Writers’ Resort:
Sevan Writers’ Resort
Sevan Writers’ Resort. Photo by Jens Mallings; Courtesy of Jens Malling archive

Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Trust, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral:
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, exterior. © Purcell Architects

Nirmala Bakubhai Foundation, Gautam Sarabhai Workshop Building:
Gautam Sarabhai Workshop Building
Roofscape / Archival image. Photograph (c) Sarabhai Foundation

Kosovo’s Architecture Foundation, National Library of Kosovo:
National Library of Kosovo
National Library of Kosovo, view from west. Emanuel Gjokaj/Kosovo Architecture Foundation

Full details on each of the nine buildings here:

Modern Architecture Conservation Grants 2016 – Keeping It Modern by the Getty Foundation – 29 Jul 2016

The Getty Foundation
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 800
Los Angeles, California 90049-1685

Berlin/Los Angeles: Space for Music, Getty Center

Location: 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, California 90049-1685, USA

Modern Architecture – Major Modernist Buildings

Post-war Architecture
High & Over
photo : Morley von Sternberg
Post-war Architecture

Most of these Modern buildings exude purity – simple forms, floating planes / cantilevers, white facades, strip windows – typical of Modernist Architecture.

These Modern buildings feature in standard Histories of Architecture Books, alphabetical:

Barcelona Pavilion, Spain
Design: Mies van der Rohe Architect
Modern building
photograph © Adrian Welch
Barcelona Pavilion – probably the most famous Modern building in the world

Farnsworth House, Illinois, USA
Design: Mies van der Rohe Architect
Farnsworth House
photo © gm+ad architects
Farnsworth House

Florida Southern Colleges – Child of the Sun, Florida, USA
Design: Frank Lloyd Wright
Annie Pfeiffer Chapel
photograph © Robin Hill
Child of the Sun Buildings

High & Over, Amersham, England
Design: Connell and Thomson / Architect: Amyas Connell
High & Over
photo : Morley von Sternberg
Modern English house – one of the first Modern houses in England

Highpoint I, Highgate, London, UK
Design: Berthold Lubetkin Architect
Modernist Housing
photograph © Adrian Welch
Modernist Housing : Highpoint Buildings

Hilversum Town Hall, The Netherlands
Design: Willem Marinus Dudok
Hilversum Raadhuis
photo © Adrian Welch
Hilversum Town Hall Building

860-880 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, USA
Design: Mies van der Rohe Architect
Modern Chicago building
photo : William Zbaren
Lake Shore Drive Towers

Lawn Road Flats, London, UK
Design: Wells Coates
Lawn Road Flats London
photo © Adrian Welch
Isokon : Modern British building – classic white Modernist purity

Martin House Complex, Buffalo, USA
Design: Frank Lloyd Wright Architect
Frank Lloyd Wright House in Buffalo
photograph : Biff Henrich / courtesy MHRC
Modern Building in Buffalo

Miller House, Indiana, USA
Design: Eero Saarinen architect
Modern Architecture
photograph Courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Miller House

Sanatorium Zonnestraal, Hilversum, The Netherlands
Design: Jan Duiker with Bernard Bijvoet and Jan Gerko Wiebenga
Sanatorium Zonnestraal Hilversum
photo © Adrian Welch
Sanatorium Zonnestraal

Tugendhat Villa, Brno, Czech Republic
Design: Mies van der Rohe Architect
Modern Czech Architecture
photo © AW
Modern Architecture : Tugendhat Villa Brno

Modern Architects

American Le Corbusier building: UN Building New York

Modern Architecture House : Frank Lloyd Wright house
Modern house
photograph © Adrian Welch

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