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LACMA changes building plan to accommodate La Brea tar pits
LACMA changes building plan to accommodate La Brea tar pits

The tar pits have stared down Peter Zumthor and won. In a significant concession to concerns raised by its neighbor, the Page Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and architect Zumthor have altered the design of a proposed new building, pulling it back from the La Brea tar pits. In the process, they say, they have also gained preliminary support from city and county officials to extend the new building south so that it spans Wilshire Boulevard. Leaders at the Page saw an earlier version of Zumthor's building as encroaching and potentially damaging the tar pits and their surroundings. The square footage in the new LACMA wing lost by giving the tar pits more breathing room...

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