New Yorker Profiles Peter Zumthor
In The New Yorker Dana Goodyear profiles "The Iconoclast Remaking Los Angeles's Most Important Museum." That isn't necessarily who you think it is—it's Peter Zumthor. One takeaway of Goodyear's piece is that Zumthor's slow perfectionism has much to do with the building's gradually spiraling cost. At one point Michael Govan told Zumthor that if he wanted to make another change to the building's shape, Zumthor would have to find the $3 million cost himself. (The money was found through "value engineering"—finding a way to save money on something else.)
On Zumthor's last pre-lockdown visit to LACMA, in late February, he and Govan celebrated the impending demolition of the original LACMA buildings.
"We do what we want, and we are on budget!' Govan said. "I told you this would happen."
"Well, I didn’t want to be on budget," Zumthor said. "I don’t give a fuck if we’re on budget."