If there are no serious bumps in the road ahead, the plan would yield a streamlined, curving 410,000-square-foot new museum building designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor that would open in 2023, spanning Wilshire Boulevard with an enclosed bridge that doubles as gallery space.
In a brief presentation and slide show during the supervisors' Wednesday meeting, museum director Michael Govan told them the older LACMA buildings "are really ailing. They are not worth saving. The new building will be much more energy efficient and accessible to a broad public."
Before unanimously approving the plan, the supervisors lauded Govan's leadership and the plan.
Michael Antonovich told Govan "The product [LACMA] you have developed and we will be implementing is a credit to you."
Gloria Molina praised him for programs that have served a more diverse public. "You have really thrown the doors wide open."
All three buildings that made up LACMA's original 1965 campus would meet the wrecking ball, along with a fourth that was added in 1986. In recent years, leaky roofs and in one case a collapsing skylight have forced the museum to close some galleries while the problems were fixed.
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