Slide Show: The Petersen Museum Is Transforming Into a Fiery Zebra Before Our Eyes


With seven months to go before its scheduled completion, the Petersen Automotive Museum’s redesign is gaining speed. Last month photographs surfaced showing steel ribbons and red siding along the building’s east side. Today the ribbons wrap around the building’s west side, too, and red siding has been installed high above Wilshire Boulevard. It’s getting harder to spot remnants of the boxy white building underneath. When the $125 million remodel, which includes interior updates and marks the museum’s 20th anniversary, is complete, the exterior will look something like this:


Apparently it will look even cooler at night. The new facade—designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates to “evoke the imagery of speed and the organic curves of a couch-built automobile” —will be lit from within. Won’t that look pretty at the curb?