Peter Zumthor's LA art museum plan modified with bridge-like section across main thoroughfare

The building will straddle Wilshire Boulevard, one of Los Angeles' busiest roads.

July 01, 2014 |
Rendering courtesy Peter Zumthor

After his design drew concerns about potential damage to LA's La Brea Tar Pits, Peter Zumthor has dramatically revised his concept for the Los Angeles Museum of Art. In the new plans, a bridge-like section spans Wilshire Boulevard, Architecture Lab reports. 

The original plan's design, critics said, would have cast a shadow over the largest tar pit at the Page Museum, which is next-door. The new design's footprint is significantly smaller on the north side of Wilshire, meaning it's well away from the tar pits.

To compensate, the LACMA is suggesting that a new wing be extended across Wilshire, such that it would touch down at the southeast corner of Wilshire and Spaulding Avenues.

The plans for the $650-million, 410,000 square foot project have not yet been finalized.

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