We are very pleased to share LACMA’s exciting plans for a new building on LACMA’s campus with you. After a years-long research and design effort to create the best way to make LACMA more accessible to visitors, and to forge an enhanced relationship with art and the cultural programs we offer, a truly innovative plan has emerged. Now, we are proud to tell you about the project that we believe embodies the most current thinking about museums, and the best means of creating a wonderful new experience for visitors to LACMA, the surrounding park area, and all of the museums in the Miracle Mile.
With this project, we have an opportunity to create an accessible museum experience, and a completely new way to understand the arts and culture of the past, the present, and the future. The new building will span Wilshire Boulevard and transform the relationship between LACMA and the surrounding park area. At the same time, three-and-a-half acres of new public outdoor space will be opened up, two-and-a-half acres in Hancock Park and one acre on the Spaulding lot. This will permit more areas for landscape and outdoor artworks while respecting the Natural History Museum (NHM) La Brea Tar Pits & Museum and better integrating with LACMA’s West Campus and the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. The new design itself makes LACMA a more transparent and integrated experience, a symbol of Los Angeles’ emergence as one of the truly great art capitals of the world.
Several changes to the project design have been made as a result of feedback received during the environmental impact review process and many discussions with neighbors and community groups. The fence on the south side of Wilshire Boulevard has been moved back from the sidewalk to create more publicly accessible outdoor space and allow the café with outdoor seating to activate the street. Outdoor art will be added to the Spaulding Lot, and all ground level pavilions have been reconfigured with more glass to create a greater sense of openness and connection with the surrounding park, sidewalks, and street. The new building will be smaller and more efficient than originally proposed, and the maximum height of the building has also been reduced.
Together with the NHM La Brea Tar Pits & Museum and the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the LACMA campus will be a world-class destination and an asset to the community. And the museum will be easily accessible by the Metro Purple Line with a new station literally on our front steps, encouraging the use of public transit to visit all the museums in the Miracle Mile. All of these cultural improvements to the Miracle Mile add value to the neighborhood and the region.
We hope you will be inspired by the information provided here, and that you will take a moment to sign up as a supporter of the project. If you have questions or comments, please go to the contact section or call our special phone line listed there. We look forward to hearing from you and will be sure to keep you apprised of our progress.
Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director