The Swiss architect Peter Zumthor may have just spilled the beans about a radical overhaul of his scheme for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). “Everything has changed,” he said from the auditorium stage at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum February 17. That evening, Zumthor was the featured guest at a Surface magazine-sponsored public dialogue with critic Paul Goldberger. “The undulating form is not undulating any more,” the architect said of his design’s latest iteration.
Zumthor’s talk from the lectern had focused primarily on two projects in Norway. But during the on-stage interview that followed, Goldberger brought up LACMA – and, without any images to present, the architect described his new scheme. He spoke of an S-configuration; of the building now crossing over Wilshire Boulevard; of the entire museum being on a single big level, hovering “10 meters above the ground;” of seven clerestory-lit clusters within the larger form.