The new LACMA expansion project, by architect Peter Zumthor in collaboration with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, is designed to replace the existing Bing Center, Hammer, Ahmanson and Art of the Americas Buildings on the Hancock Park site.
The new museum, of circa 390,000 square feet, is supported via seven semi-transparent “Pavilion” structures that elevate the main exhibition level some 30ft above the park, enabling it to extend southwards across Wilshire Boulevard to a lot on Spaulding Avenue. By raising the museum, approximately 2.5 acres of the campus can be transformed into public open space including landscaped plazas, educational spaces and sculpture gardens.
HKA, as part of a multidisciplinary Buro Happold engineering team, is providing full code consulting services on the project. Construction of the new building is expected to begin in late 2018, with completion tentatively scheduled for 2023.
Image credits: LACMA/Atelier Peter Zumthor