I took a day trip to San Francisco last week to attend the UC Regents Meeting held at the still-in-construction UCSF-Mission Bay campus (what UC campus is not currently under construction?).
When I entered the Community Center, I told the other students with me that the building felt familiar and reminded me of the Tom Bradley International Center on the UCLA Campus. Both buildings are bathed in bright colors and natural lights streams in through huge windows. I wondered if they were designed by the same architect.
I later found that I was right. The Community Center and the Bradley Center are just two of 100 or so buildings designed by Ricardo Legorreta, a famous Mexican architect.
I checked out the Flickr tags for both Ricardo Legorreta/Legorreta and took virtual trips throughout Mexico and the Southwest US. Legorreta has designed libraries, musems and other buildings in Texas, California and Illinois.
I never drew the links between the Tom Bradley International Center at UCLA, Pershing Square and the bright blue building at the corner of Motor Avenue and Palms Boulevard. It turns out that Legorreta has an office in my neighborhood. Legorreta also designed Ricardo Montalb√°n’s Hollywood home in 1985, but I couldn’t find any photos of the house, just as I couldn’t find a decent photo of the Bradley Center. Oh well, there’s more than enough photos of Pershing Square and other Legorreta buildings on Flickr.
Pershing Square photo by Flaxter