peter zumthor scales down design for new LACMA building in los angeles

peter zumthor has further revised plans for the los angeles county museum of art’s new museum building. the project, previously covered on designboom here, will be known as the ‘david geffen galleries’ and will house LACMA’s permanent collection. three new renderings of the proposal illustrate a smaller building with a reduced maximum height. as a result of these changes, the project’s environmental impact has been curtailed, while the project’s aesthetics remain the same.

peter zumthor new LACMA building
the scale of the building has been reduced
image © atelier peter zumthor & partner / the boundary (also main image)

 

 

LACMA’s new building would be composed of seven semi-transparent concrete and glass pavilions that support an elevated, organically shaped, and transparent main exhibition level with a floor-to-ceiling glass façade. zumthor’s design includes new outdoor landscaped plazas, public programming, educational spaces, sculpture gardens, and integrated native and drought-tolerant vegetation. a new parking lot would also be created as part of the scheme.

peter zumthor new LACMA building
the building is elevated above wilshire boulevard
image © atelier peter zumthor & partner / the boundary

 

 

LACMA says that the required environmental studies for the project have been completed, and the county of los angeles has now issued a final environmental impact report (FEIR). the los angeles county board of supervisors will now meet to certify the FEIR and rubber stamp the project. if approved, demolition and construction will begin in late 2019, with a scheduled completed forecast for the end of 2023. see designboom’s previous coverage of LACMA’s new building here.

peter zumthor new LACMA building
the project’s previous design included volumes that protruded above the roofline
image © atelier peter zumthor & partner / the boundary

 

 

project info:

 

architect: atelier peter zumthor & partner
client: LACMA — los angeles county museum of art
location: los angeles, CA, USA

philip stevens I designboom

mar 25, 2019

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