The Getty Villa

As time takes its toll on any Grande Dame, so too were the grounds of this world-class gallery of art and antiquities in need of a facelift. The Getty Trust contacted us to rehabilitate various existing gardens and to design new ones.

Working with the grounds superintendent, original site design drawings from the architect and landscape architect, as well as traveling to archaeological sites in Italy to acquire first-hand knowledge of ancient landscape techniques and styles, we re-created many historically accurate landscapes. We also created new gardens for several powerful new features designed by architects Machado Silvetti, including a new entry sequence, parterre gardens and water gardens.

* project created with DKA


My Role: Designer & Documentation

Type: Culture

Client: J. Paul Getty Foundation

Size: 64 acres

Located: Malibu, CA.

Status: Completed 2007

Architect: Machado Silvetti

Photos: Machado Silvetti