New drawings and renderings were revealed by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) for its revamp which will cost $600 million. The re-design was executed by Atelier Peter Zumthor.
An environmental impact report states that the design will involve taking down four current buildings and replacing them with a new single one that has an area of 387,500 square feet and crosses over Wilshire Boulevard. The new building’s goal is to offer a more consistent art experience to the visitors. The new design will decrease the museum’s area by 5,371 square feet in addition to limiting the seating capacity of the theater, which is currently 716, to 300.
The new building will be anchored to the ground by seven semi-opaque pavilions. The building’s design will provide vast open-air spaces that will be designated for plazas, sculpture gardens, public activities, as well as drought-resistant native bushes and plants. There will also be a carpark, that will substitute the current one, at Ogdon Drive and Wilshire southeast corner.
The project, which was announced in 2014, was subject to many key alterations. The most remarkable of these changes were altering its shape to safeguard the adjacent La Brea tar pits and swapping its black color for a sandy one.
The construction process will commence in the winter of 2018, and it is expected to be completed by 2023.