The LACMA Museum redesign creates a collection of independent objects primarily hidden and subtly revealed through openings and synthetic pushing of the outside mass. A collection of discrete interior objects are left uncontained, squished within a liner and fully removed to create a synthetic void. Tension between these interior objects, liner and container creates an array of different inhabitable conditions including spaces inside the objects, in between the liner and container and in between the interior objects and liner. Interior objects are only revealed at a few moments as points of the interior objects are synthetically pushed through the otherwise chunky liner and outer container. Deeply hidden interior objects are also exposed through large openings puncturing both the liner and container and creating unconditioned, outdoor event spaces for the LACMA Museum. Patterning on the surface reveals the layering of these objects at the openings by highlighting the stark contrast between the dark container, white liner and deeply buried uncontained green interior object. The patterning begins to connect and bleed between the otherwise autonomous objects. This entire mass is perched on a distinct ground object that squishes into the existing LACMA park.
PennDesign with Michael Obot | Studio Critic: Tom Wiscombe