Zumthor Overpass Rises
Construction workers have recently put up steel falsework to support construction of the concrete overpass. LACMA says the falsework is "approximately 3 to 4 feet lower than the building will be." The falsework currently covers the south half of Wilshire and will be followed by a second phase on the north side. All the steel will be removed after the overpass is in place.
The underside of the building—to be called the David Geffen Galleries—will thus be a few feet higher and lighter colored than the falsework; but continuous and spanning all of Wilshire.
The overall effect (now) is more pergola than overpass. I'm reminded of the space under Jersey shore boardwalks, deep shadow with blaring sunlight from the sides.
Interstate highways require a vertical clearance of 16 ft. The Zumthor project's 2019 Environmental Impact Report said the underside of the structure would be 19 to 23 feet above street level, reflecting a slight incline. That implies the building would be higher than a typical highway overpass, though not dramatically so.
We don't want that.
LACMA must consider the museum's underside as a blank canvas. Commission a modern-day Dan Flavin or someone who can make an icon becoming of a major city's major museum.
Tokyoites don't abide darkness in public spaces. Why is LA different?
Come on, people. Do something to supplant your Hollywood sign as the city's signature symbol.
This is an opportunity of a lifetime.
PS- And no. Nothing that will cause accidents or jams.
The Arch of Titus (Rome) is about 50 feet high and its inner archway is 27 feet high.
Here the building overall is 50 feet high, with spans of 19 to 23 to 27 feet. The 27-foot spans are on the northwest side of the building.
I gleaned the 27-foot height from the project description of the glass contractor (Seele).
There isn't enough land north of Wilshire Blvd, so the architect and his client were forced to go south of it. Beyond that, LACMA has a very strong budget and Harvard-sized endowment fund. The museum also really doesn't need more acquisitions. Besides, the new building is quite large and LACMA's collections make even the Louvre envious.
This link shows the latest construction of falsework beginning to cross Wilshire Blvd. Excellent drone footage