About: Susan Tompkins

I'm a New York/New Jersey transplant who moved to Los Angeles in 2001. I've been working for the Getty since my arrival in L.A., and am constantly inspired by the amazing people, artwork, and architecture in my surroundings at work. I love painting, history, cats, and hearty belly laughs, and I absolutely love my city.

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Posted in Architecture and Design, Art & Archives, Getty Center, Photographs, Film, and Video

L.A. Architecture and Movie Fantasy

Museum Entrance Hall at the Getty Center, designed by Richard Meier
And one day it would also be in Star Trek: the Museum Entrance Hall at the Getty Center, designed by Richard Meier

The Getty Center in Star Trek, a Beverly Hills mansion in The Big Lebowski, and other L.A. locations on the silver screen. More»

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      Color for Healing

      This sanitorium (tuberculosis hospital) in Paimio, Finland, was designed by architect Alvar Aalto in the 1920s. Unlike many hospitals, it was full of bright colors—including welcoming yellow on the main stairs and calming green for ceilings above bedridden patients. Aalto even created special chairs to open the chest and speed healing.

      The building’s colors were mostly whitewashed later in the 20th century, but now—due to a grant from the Getty Foundation as part of its Keeping It Modern initiative—its colors are being reconstructed and the building preserved for the future.

      More of the story: Saving Alvar Aalto’s Paimio Sanitorium

      Pictured: Paimio Sanatorium, patients’ wing and solarium terraces. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum. A color model for Paimio Sanatorium interiors by decorative artist Eino Kauria. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum, 2016.Paimio chairs (Artek no 41) in the Paimio Sanatorium lecture room, 1930s. Photo: Gustaf Welin, Alvar Aalto Museum. Aino Aalto resting in a chair on the solarium terrace. Photo: Alvar Aalto, Alvar Aalto Museum, 1930s. Main stairs of Paimio Sanatorium. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum.

      04/30/16

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