Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has been commissioned to rethink the east campus, providing new insight into the meaning and function of an encyclopedic museum and the relationship of architecture to its site. To make way for the new building, gone would be the Ahmanson, Hammer, and Art of the Americas buildings, as well as the Bing Center, in essence trading one form of modernist architecture for another.
Installation view, The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor reconsiders LACMA, June 9–September 15, 2013. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Photo ©2013 Museum Associates/LACMA