LACMA’s $650 Million New Building Gets Approval

Courtesy Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner / The Boundary 

Courtesy Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner / The Boundary 

After the county board of supervisors voted “yes” to the current building plan, nothing can stop one of the most ambitious museum transformations.

Six years ago, LACMA representatives said that the older structures from the 1960s are too outdated and expensive to renovate, announcing the new building. Finally, on April 9th, the museum shared that the project has been approved, and will receive $117.5 million in funding from the county on the $650 million project. Pritzker prize winner Peter Zumthor is in charge of building design, which to date undergone three iterations. Despite the controversy, surrounding the project, LACMA aims for a museum that “can be as open and accessible as a public plaza, and as intimate, and intellectually spiritual and personal as a single encounter with a work of art”.

According to the museum, demolition and construction will begin in late 2019 and finish by the end of 2023.

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