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Thanks to a new website and a glossy brochure, we’re getting at least a slightly clearer sense this week of what Peter Zumthor has planned for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The Swiss architect has been working with LACMA Director and Chief Executive Michael Govan for years on an ambitious and controversial new building to hold the museum’s permanent collection. But details — architectural and financial alike — have been hard to come by.
In 2013 LACMA showed early models at an exhibition connected with the Getty Museum’s Pacific Standard Time series. This summer an oversized model of one section of the Zumthor wing, which will be clad in dark gray concrete and raised on eight giant legs as it spans Wilshire Boulevard, has been on view in Italy, of all places, as part of the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Now, to meet deadlines connected to the preparation of an environmental impact report, the museum is mailing a brochure to Miracle Mile neighbors that includes architectural renderings and a brief fact sheet about the $600-million project, which is scheduled to break ground in 2018 and be completed in 2023, the same year a Metro Purple Line subway station is expected to open at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax Avenue.