Bruce Goff – Pavilion for Japanese Art

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The Pavilion for Japanese Art. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, , Los Angeles, California, USA.

The Pavilion for Japanese Art is a part of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and was completed 1988.  The museum contains a collection of Japanese works that date from approximately 3000 BC through the 20th century. Designed by Bruce Goff, the 32,100-square-foot building is notable for its translucent fiberglass panels, which allow paintings to be lit safely and naturally by soft sunlight. The effect approximates the original viewing conditions for these paintings and allows gold leaf to reflect, creating dimensional levels within works of art not visible under artificial lighting. Japanese screens can be viewed at a distance, while scrolls can be viewed closer in alcove-like settings that suggest the tokonoma viewing area in a Japanese home. The pavilion also features a prow-shaped roof and cylindrical towers. The architectural landscape was designed by the firm of Hannah Olin. The total cost of construction was $13 million

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