Plan Zumthor: Will Second Time Be the Charm for LACMA Redo?

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Aerial view of LACMA. (Courtesy Bing Maps)

Older aerial view of LACMA. (Courtesy Bing Maps)

The rumor-mill has been churning non-stop over LACMA director Michael Govan’s and architect Peter Zumthor’s plans for the museum. Basically it looks like they are planning to take LACMA apart and start over; an effort that failed when attempted by Rem Koolhaas and OMA back in the early 2000s. The full scope of the plans will be unveiled in June, with LACMA’s exhibition The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA. But for now we’ve gleaned that under Zumthor’s plan, not only would there be a new indoor/outdoor art park, but four of the museum’s midcentury structures would be replaced by “curvaceous modern glass structures.” That basically includes everything but the Bruce Goff pavilion and Renzo Piano’s new structures. Let’s see if the second time’s the charm.

Entrance to LACMA in 1965. (Courtesy LACMA)

Entrance to LACMA in 1965. (Courtesy LACMA)

Aerial view of LACMA in 1965. (Courtesy LACMA)

Aerial view of LACMA in 1965. (Courtesy LACMA)

Rendering of Bruce Goff's pavilions at LACMA, built in 1988. (Courtesy Art Institute of Chicago)

Rendering of Bruce Goff’s pavilions at LACMA, built in 1988. (Courtesy Art Institute of Chicago)

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