LACMA’s Redesign Plan Looks Totally Different Now

But the project remains equally ambitious

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and architect Peter Zumthor have unveiled their latest plans for the Mid-city museum’s impending redesign. And, boy, have things changed.

Earlier renderings of the massive $600 million project featured a shiny black exterior. But in this latest incarnation, L.A. Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne notes that the structure “has become a less fluid, harder-edged and more muscular form in sand-colored concrete.”

Though the shape has evolved, the latest version of the plan still shows an elevated wing that extends over Wilshire Blvd. Construction is set to begin next year, and (assuming everything stays on track), the new museum will open in 2023.

Check out the new design below:

Main image courtesy Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner/The Boundary. All other renderings courtesy Atelier Peter Zumthor.