A New Look at LACMA

John Hill
30. April 2019
Aerial view; LACMA building in context of Museum Mile (Image: Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner/The Boundary)

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has released new renderings of Peter Zumthor's design of the new building for the museum's permanent collection; the project gained county approval in early April and aims to open in 2023 — ten years after it was unveiled.

The renderings that were released with the final environmental impact review (FEIR) as part of the county's approval were pretty lackluster; also they didn't include any peeks inside the galleries, which were cut down considerably from previous designs. The latest renderings, visible below and available on the Building LACMA website, are more polished and pervasive, virtually lifting us above the museum grounds and taking us inside to the galleries that "meander" along the glass walls and continue deep inside the "organically shaped" footprint.

Next up for the controversial project that was unveiled way back in 2013: a public meeting to be held by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to certify the FEIR and — hopefully for LACMA — approve the project.

Building footprint spanning Wilshire Boulevard (Image: Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner/The Boundary)
View west down Wilshire Boulevard (Image: Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner/The Boundary)
Exterior view east from the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) at LACMA (Image: Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner/The Boundary)
View southwest from Hancock Park, Pavilion for Japanese Art on the far right (Image: Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner/The Boundary)
Interior view of a meander gallery (Image: Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner/The Boundary)
Interior gallery (Image: Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner/The Boundary)
Interior view of a central gallery (Image: Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner/The Boundary)

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