The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has selected Pritzker Prize-winning Swiss architect Peter Zumthor to design a new $650 million facility. Although the design won’t be revealed publicly until June, preliminary plans call for demolishing the original 1965 buildings and a 1986 addition, according to the Los Angeles Times. Two buildings by architect Renzo Piano—the Broad Contemporary Art Museum and the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion—along with Bruce Goff's 1988 Pavilion for Japanese Art will remain.
Zumthor’s design proposes a horizontal structure clad with glass on all sides and a wide roof adorned with solar panels. The building would resemble a drop of water, a design inspired by the fluidity of the nearby La Brea Tar Pits.
The proposed overhaul is LACMA’s second attempt to build a new museum. In 2001, the museum’s board approved a plan by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas but dismissed it two years later due to fundraising problems.