Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor has told CLAD that his proposed redevelopment of the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA) will create a “sacred, sublime kind of experience.”
“You’ll have this almost sacred, sublime kind of experience, but I would also like to accommodate the profane, the dirty, the normal, the everyday”
– Peter Zumthor
In an exclusive interview during a recent trip to London, Zumthor explained his vision for the project.
“The museum is not organised in timelines, periods or geographical regions,” he said. “It’s organised like a forest with clearings inside, where we have free choice to go to this clearing, or to the next. I would like to allow an experience of art where people can go and look at the art without didactics, without premature explanations, and make their own experience.”
The project will see four of LACMA’s deteriorating structures replaced by the new Zumthor-designed building, which will house the museum’s permanent collection of historic and contemporary art. Eight semi-transparent pavilions will support an elevated, organically-shaped main exhibition level, with access points to the surrounding gardens.
“The museum is open to the outside; this is very important,” Zumthor told CLAD. “You’ll have this almost sacred, sublime kind of experience, but I would also like to accommodate the profane, the dirty, the normal, the everyday.
“You start off down on the ground – this is normal city life – then as you go up you are received in a beautiful big palace for the people. From there you can go to the clearings, and that’s where you have the most intimate and maybe more private experiences of art.”
Zumthor highlighted the Palazzo Fortuny art museum in Venice as an example of the qualities he is aiming for with his design, which he summarised as “a rich atmosphere, historic density and material presence”.
The architect also revealed that he is working on new images of LACMA to illustrate his proposed design, adding that the “commercial-looking” visualisations released in August were created for an environmental review only.
“They were conventional renderings, which I personally don’t like so much,” he explained, adding that his studio is currently working on photos taken from models which are prepared especially for the purpose. “The models allow us to take pictures with natural daylight, the light of the sun, which makes a lot of difference,” he said. “These will explain the building better.”
Speaking about his architectural philosophy, Zumthor argued he aims to provoke emotions with his designs. He said: “I love buildings. When I look back on my life I love the buildings that speak to me by means of their atmospheric qualities, a feeling of history, of being complete. I want to make buildings which have the capacity to be loved, that’s all.
“I’m extremely sensitive to things that don’t work. Many people see what’s ugly and doesn’t work in the world, but I have skills and talent [to design things that do work]. That’s a gift.”
An extensive interview with Peter Zumthor will be featured in the next issue of CLADmag. Meanwhile his long-running work on Norway’s National Tourist Route is featured a in the new issue of the magazine, which can now downloaded as a PDF or read on digital turning pages.
A HDAA – Heitor Derbli Arquitetos Associados, recebeu Menção Honrosa na MNPG Arch Competition pela criação do projeto abaixo.
“Um farol que sinaliza uma referência, uma chegada, uma partida…
Um farol que representa a simbologia de uma navegação. Os barcos, seus trajetos pelo mar, seu retorno.
A tipologia projetual remeteu ao movimento de hélices, contínuo, regular, desenhando um espiral sob o mar.
Esta é a nossa Proposta. O desenho, sua geometria, como se fossem quatro barcos partindo do mesmo ponto, com movimentos helicoidais independentes, mas próximos, parecidos, como se navegassem juntos. Esses helicoides em aço e cor, em tons do mar, em suas variadas horas, refletindo a luz do dia, o entardecer, o anoitecer; quando o farol passa a iluminar, a direcionar os barcos para sua chegada.
Os mesmos quatro helicoides chegam juntos, em mais um dia de trabalho, de vida.
O conjunto traz o simbolismo do trajeto, do desenho sob o mar, dos encontros e desencontros, da volta para casa…”
The biggest temptation is to jump right in. There are solutions that come to you. There are images that spontaneously appear. My method is rather to hold back as long as possible, to really imagine it spatially, so to be sure I have something to say.
Award winning documentarian and critic Matt Tyrnauer (director of Valentino: The Last Emperor, Citizen Jane: Battle For The City) has released a new documentary taking a look into the mind of world-renowned architect Jean Nouvel and his design process.
The film, titled Jean Nouvel: Reflections, follows the French architect around the world to visit his most recent works, including the Philharmonie de Paris, Institut du Monde Arabe, Fondation Cartier, Musée du Quai Branly, and Doha Tower and future projects, notably the National Museum of Qatar, his New York skyscraper, 53W53, and the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
The footage captures Nouvel working through problems at all scales and in all stages of his process: from conceptualizing, to sketching, to deciding the hue of the stones to be used in the galleries of the forthcoming Louvre Abu Dhabi, as he explains the inspiration behind his landmark works.
More information about the documentary can be found here.
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