A clean and sleek new plan for LACMA, Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, has been approved, featuring glass facades and plenty of landscaped external spaces.
Peter Zumthor’s revised plans LACMA’s new museum building will be known as the David Geffen Galleries and will house the museum’s permanent collection. Three new renderings of the proposal illustrate a compact building with 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. On April 10, 2019, it was confirmed that the project had been approved by local authorities, with construction documents now set to be formally drawn up.
LACMA’s new building will 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 will also be created as part of the scheme.
In April, the Los Angeles County Board of supervisors met to certify the project’s final environmental impact report and rubber stamp the project. Construction documents will soon be drawn up with demolition and construction to begin in late 2019.
Completion is forecast for the end of 2023.
Via Designboom | Images © Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner/The Boundary