LACMA EXTENSION, USA, LOS ANGELES, 2001
Design proposal for extension of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Once, all continents formed a single whole. Then they drifted apart. We propose to undo LACMA's "continental" separation. Imagine an almost utopian condition where the history of the arts can be told as a single and simultaneous narrative showing moments of chronological coincidence, autonomy, influence and convergence. After decades where accommodating the "modern" led to a situation of glut and fatigue, the idea of the all-embracing has a new appeal.
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The LACMA complex is reconceived as a system of horizontal layers, with exhibition spaces stacked above an open-air plaza. The notions of transparency and uplift, essential to a true understanding of LACMA's mission, are made manifest in the translucent roof that spans the entire museum floor.

LACMA's current proliferation across its site is a microcosm of Los Angeles: distributed rather than focused, it inhibits the full unfolding of its potential, both as a museum and as a site. This configuration resists critical mass and inhibits the clarity of its collections. Our proposal consolidates the collections into a whole, instead of a series of pavilions. It focuses spending on the reinvention of LACMA's image rather than renovation of uninspired buildings. It creates the opportunity for multiple paths, manifold interpretations and cross-curatorial exhibits within a single entity. We discovered that a consolidated LACMA could perform more efficiently, spend less money on renovation, open up more of the park to the city and create a sense of coherence and the much-needed presence that this museum has lacked for decades.

FACT SHEET
Project:
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Client:
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Year:
2001 competition, 1st Prize, pre-schematic design 2002

Status:
Competition

Type:
Museum

Location:

Los Angeles, California USA

Site:

Located in Hancock Park at the site of the existing museum

Program:

16,296m2 plinth, service & support; 18,578m2 plaza, public facilities & temporary galleries;
1,672m2 study centre; 21,218m2 plateau, permanent collections

Budget:
$200,000,000


COLLABORATORS
Structure, Services: Arup
Cost: DLA
Curatorial: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Chris Dercon

PUBLICATIONS

A+U #398, 03/02
AiT #1/2, 2002
AMC Le Moniteur Architecture #122, 02/02


Architecture (NY), 06/02
Art in Amerika (NY), 02/02
Architectural Record #, 01/02
Archined
Arcspace
Bouw #2, 02/02
Domus #845, 02/02
Optio #2, 07/02/02
The Art Newspaper, 01/02
The New York Times, 20/11/05
the Los Angeles Times, 04/05/01
The Times, 03/03/02
The Wall Street Journal, 12/01/02


CREDITS

Partners in charge: Rem Koolhaas,
Ole Scheeren
Project Manager: Carol Patterson
Project Architects: Christian Bandi,
Saskia Simon


Team: Charles Berman, Gabriela Bojalil, Selva Gurdogan, Jens Hommert (AMO), Stuart Maddocks, Shiro Ogata, Torsten Schroeder
Competition Team: Olga Aleksakova, Christian Bandi, Meghan Corwin, Markus Dettling, Fernando Donis, Erez Ella, Alain Fouraux, Sharon Goren, Jens Holm, Jeffrey Johnson, Matthew Murphy, Shiro Ogata, Roberto Otero, Will Prince, Joshua Prince-Ramus, Deborah Richmond, Jonas Sandberg, Shohei Shigematsu, Joris Voorn, Fenna Haakma Wagenaar, Dan Wood, Yumiko Yamada


PRESS
"It was the most radical short-term solution, but in the long term it's the most conservative solution, because of its flexibility and adaptability"

Andrea L. Rich, president and director of the museum, quoted in ArchiNed News

"This innovative, non-hierarchical presentation of the museum’s collections creates a new paradigm for the encyclopaedic art museum, breaking from the traditional nineteenth-century Beaux-Arts model."

Arcspace