The history of LACMA’s redesign

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Exterior view looking north west. Photo courtesy of Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner/The Boundary

In 2013, Swiss architect Peter Zumthor proposed a redesign of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). His initial plans featured a futuristic and sprawling charcoal colored building with sections that would stretch over areas of the La Brea Tar Pits. But ecological concerns and strong community pushback forced Zumthor to reconsider his design a few times. Now the building is horizontal and sand-colored. It stretches across Wilshire Boulevard so cars will be able to drive under it. Some have compared the design to a giant coffee table.


Gallery. Photo courtesy of Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner