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Peter Zumthor's new LACMA is reduced in size and footprint in new plans for LA

United States Architecture News - Mar 27, 2019 - 03:55   3257 views

Peter Zumthor's new LACMA is reduced in size and footprint in new plans for LA

Peter Zumthor's firm Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partners has unveiled revised version of plans for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) with the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) released by the Country of Los Angeles. 

After Zumthor has made several revision on plans, the new renderings show that the building is reduced both in sized and footprint. The new plans are reduced from 393,000 square feet (36,500 square meters) to 350,000 square feet (32,500 square meters), while the building's hight is shortened from 85 feet (26 meter) to 60 feet (18.2 meter). 

Peter Zumthor's new LACMA is reduced in size and footprint in new plans for LA

The LACMA, made of an organic form, is drawing a soft S shape and crossing Wilshire Boulevard- extended to an owned land along Spaulding Avenue. The new building will be a new home for a permanent collection of LACMA, replacing the existing buildings. The project will also a 260-space parking structure on Ogden Drive to relocate the parking spaces currently on the Spaulding Lot.

While the new plans still reflect the same architectural language compared to the previous plans, smooth edges, sand-coloured floors, walls and ligthness are still preserved throughout the plans.

Peter Zumthor's new LACMA is reduced in size and footprint in new plans for LA

The new building is 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 facade. 

Peter Zumthor's new LACMA is reduced in size and footprint in new plans for LA

The main exhibition level would extend over Wilshire Boulevard to the Spaulding lot on the southeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Spaulding Avenue. 

The project design includes new outdoor landscaped plazas, public programming, educational spaces, sculpture gardens, and native and drought-tolerant vegetation integrated with the museum building, LACMA's West Campus, and existing uses of Hancock Park. 

Peter Zumthor's new LACMA is reduced in size and footprint in new plans for LA

The project will open up approximately 3.5 acres of new public outdoor space (2.5 acres in Hancock Park and 1 acre on the Spaulding lot). A new 260-space parking facility would be built southwest of the intersection of Ogden Drive and Wilshire Boulevard to relocate the 260 spaces currently on the Spaulding lot.

Peter Zumthor's new LACMA is reduced in size and footprint in new plans for LA

Peter Zumthor's new LACMA is reduced in size and footprint in new plans for LA

Peter Zumthor's new LACMA is reduced in size and footprint in new plans for LA

Image courtesy of LACMA

Peter Zumthor's new LACMA is reduced in size and footprint in new plans for LA

Image courtesy of LACMA

According to the new size and scale, the $650-million project now reduce the construction period from 68 month to 51 month. Demolition and construction will begin in late 2019, completed in the end of 2023. New Metro Purple Line subway will be directly across from the museum and will be open in 2023.

All images Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partners / The Boundary unless otherwise stated.

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