peter zumthor bridges wilshire boulevard with LACMA redesign
peter zumthor bridges wilshire boulevard with LACMA redesign
jul 08, 2014

peter zumthor bridges wilshire boulevard with LACMA redesign

peter zumthor bridges wilshire boulevard with LACMA redesign
image © atelier peter zumthor & partner




renowned swiss architect peter zumthor has revised his original plans for the los angeles county museum of art (LACMA). the redesign spans one one of LA’s busiest roads, the wilshire boulevard, allowing vehicular traffic to pass beneath the complex. for the most part the scheme remains unchanged with the sinuous and transparent structure reminiscent of the neighboring la brea tar pits. the new proposal involves extending one quarter of the total structure  south to occupy what is currently the museum car park.


zumthor originally presented plans for the site in mid-2013, however concerns were raised with officials worried that the structure could obstruct scientific discoveries found within the region’s tar pits. once approved by governmental and environmental authorities, the plan will replace several aging structures on the LACMA campus.

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the redesigned museum spans one one of LA’s busiest roads
image © atelier peter zumthor & partner

peter zumthor LACMA redeisgn los angeles designboom
the sinuous structure is reminiscent of the neighboring la brea tar pits
image © atelier peter zumthor & partner

peter zumthor LACMA redeisgn los angeles designboom
site plan highlighting where the LACMA building crosses wilshire boulevard
image © atelier peter zumthor & partner

  • The ‘aging’ structures are from the 1960’s and forward. Hardly what I would call aging and they are completely useful in their present state. There have been numerous proposals for the design of a new museum; almost a regular event here. I don’t understand the need to have demolition and construction going on repeatedly. One would think that these are prefab and temporary structures at the rate that renovation is done. They may as well do another proposal to replace the current one that “allows traffic to pass under it” when it is inevitably torn down in the near future (not noting that it would never be allowed to cross Wilshire Boulevard at street level) – thanks for allowing that by the way. I particularly like the newer blob over the previous blob. That must have taken quite a bit of work to come up with.

    Ron Smith says:
  • Once again this is too boring, I think Zumthor should stick to writing… says:
  • I think the money should be spent bring world-class exhibits on a consistent basis. Compared to other major cities, LACMA doesn’t seem to have “big” (i.e. sought after, traveling exhibits from major collections, etc.) shows often enough.

    Mike says:

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