Collection by Aaron Britt

Resnick Pavilion at LACMA


I was down in Los Angeles at the end of last week and between visiting clients, attending the Divine Design benefit, and generally sitting in traffic, it was a miracle I got a minute to myself. I did however manage a two-hour stop at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to have a look at the newest museum by the fine Italian architect Renzo Piano. Piano's California Academy of Sciences here in San Francisco, Morgan Library addition in New York, and Pompidou Centre in Paris are all excellent buildings so I was excited to see what the man was up to at LACMA. The Lynda and Stewart Resnick Pavilion opened just this autumn and by my lights is a splendid addition to LACMA's ever-expanding arts campus. Check out the slideshow of images I took.

One of the first things you'll notice upon entering the LACMA complex off of Wilshire Boulevard, once you pass the...
It was early December, but LA is still a great place to scope a load of bikinis.
Here's a detail shot of the Resnick Pavilion.
Here's a snap of the interior replete with the Olmec heads on display.
Here's a pulled-back view of the red "lungs" and the sails on top of the building.
To me this is a nice distillation of what Piano did on the Pompidou Centre (where all the building's guts, ducts,...
These two much have been architectural tourists as well.
Here's a view of the roof extending off to the mountains. It has rather an appealing sense of infinity.
Here's the back facade of the building, all glass and natural light.
The Resnick is on the left of this corridor and the Broad on the right. It felt like a forest of red steel.
Piano's first foray into design at LACMA was the Broad Museum of Contemporary Art, which opened in 2008.
Here it is seen from the other side with Burden's Urban Light installation in front.
I didn't want to bother them, but there was a wedding party taking photos in and amongst the poles of Urban Light.

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