Swiss architect Peter Zumthor reconsiders LAMCA

Zumthor’s passion for materials, craftsmanship, and sensory experience can be seen throughout his work. The Therme Vals in Switzerland allows guests to experience all these dimensions when they soak in an architectural masterpiece.  photo courtesy Therme Vals

Zumthor’s passion for materials, craftsmanship, and sensory experience can be seen throughout his work. The Therme Vals in Switzerland allows guests to experience all these dimensions when they soak in an architectural masterpiece. photo courtesy Therme Vals

Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has been commissioned to rethink the east campus of LACMA´s seven-building complex. The exhibition features a detailed examination of the museum’s buildings and explains Zumthor´s preliminary plans for a new building to house the permanent collection.

How will the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the largest art museum in the western United States, look in the future? The exhibition The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA shows the proposed future of the museum´s campus. Several large models built by the architect´s studio will be shown.

“Every building is built for a specific use in a specific place and for a specific society. My buildings try to answer the questions that emerge
from these simple facts as precisely and critically as they can,”
—writes Peter Zumthor in his book Thinking Architecture

Key projects in Zumthor´s career such as the Therme Vals in Switzerland, Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria, and the Kolumba Art Museum of the Cologne Archdiocese in Germany illustrate how they influenced his vision for LACMA. Zumthor has won numerous architecture awards including The Pritzker Prize (2009) and the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal (2013).

EXPLORE ZUMTHOR´S WORK & PROPOSED EXPANSION
LACMA viewbook on Peter Zumthor´s work
Exhibition Info
Read article on the future LACMA extension in the LA Times

VISIT THE THERME VALS
Take a relaxing vacation in the thermal bath built by Peter Zumthor



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