In Peter Zumthor’s proposal for a new building at LACMA, the park level is a collection of “cores,” containing densely presented study centers while simultaneously opening up the campus and making it more porous with Hancock Park. The walls on this level are floor-to-ceiling glass, creating a “storefront”-style presentation of these study areas.
These cores support the second, gallery level—a single large, horizontal level dedicated to a more contemplative gallery experience. All told, Zumthor’s plan occupies the same square footage as the four buildings it would replace, yet allows for the display of twice as much art.
Read more about the concepts driving the ideas behind the study centers—at LACMA and other museums around the country—in today’s L.A. Times.