The La Brea Tar Pits will undergo a multi-year project to reimagine the 13-acre campus, which encompasses the world’s only active paleontological research site in a major urban area, its asphalt seeps, the surrounding parkland, and the George C. Page Museum building.
The Weiss/Manfredi-designed “Loops and Lenses” concept will create new connections between the museum and Hancock Park, between science and culture, and will envision the site as a place of discovery. A triple mobius will link the existing elements of Hancock Park to create a continuously unfolding experience.
The goal of the project is to create a more integrated experience, increase community access, preserve the site’s iconic features, and develop a more sustainable infrastructure for the next 50 years.
Weiss/Manfredi beat out two other finalists – Dorte Mandrup and Diller Scofidio + Renfro – to design the project. Master planning work with The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County will begin in 2020.