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Weiss/Manfredi will lead the master plan of the La Brea Tar Pits

The firm was selected by The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County after an international competition.

December 18, 2019 |
Aerial view of the La Brea Tar Pits master plan

All renderings courtesy Weiss/Manfredi

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.


La Brea Tar Pits reimagining


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.


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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.

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