Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Q&A: Peter Zumthor and Michael Govan: Delineating a Bold Vision for LACMA’s Future

Design LA - Q and A

American art museums thrive on growth, reaching out to donors and collectors to enlarge their holdings and the space to display them. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has 135,000 artworks—the largest encyclopedic collection in the western United States. It has expanded five times in its 52-year history and is now planning a major transformation to replace defective elements and complement those that work well.

Peter Zumthor, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect from Switzerland, has designed a building that has the potential to become the next great landmark in Los Angeles. It promises to intensify the art-viewing experience and bring all of the city together on...

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