Petersen Automotive Museum

Petersen Automotive Museum by KPF




Petersen Automotive Museum
Photo © Chang Kim

The transformed Petersen Museum creates a renewed image for the museum capturing the art, experience, culture and heritage of the automobile, and becomes a worthy neighbor for the buildings of Museum Row, on Los Angeles’ famed Miracle Mile.

Petersen Automotive Museum
Photo © Chang Kim

Inspired by the form of a car, KPF’s design creates a new “body” around the existing “chassis” of the museum. The rooftop is converted into a party space that can be rented out.

Petersen Automotive Museum
Photo © Chang Kim

A corrugated aluminium rain screen outboard wraps the building, while “ribbons” of angel hair stainless steel and red painted aluminium flow around the building, manoeuvring the existing entry vestibule and other apertures.

Petersen Automotive Museum
Photo © Chang Kim

Sitting atop the existing structural system like the body of a car mounted to its frame, the steel “ribbons” evoke a sense of speed and movement and are brushed to avoid creation of glare.

Petersen Automotive Museum
Photo © Chang Kim

The design offers a contemporary interpretation of the mid-century, space age “Googie” architectural style that characterizes Los Angeles. The result is one of the most significant and unforgettable structures in Los Angeles. Source by Kohn Pedersen Fox.

Petersen Automotive Museum
Photo © Chang Kim

Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Architects:  Kohn Pedersen Fox
Team: A. Zahner Company (Fabricator)
Client: Petersen Automotive Museum
Size: 1,900 m2 / 20,000 ft2
Year: 2015
Photographs: Chang Kim, Courtesy of KPF

Petersen Automotive Museum
Photo © Chang Kim
Petersen Automotive Museum
Photo © Chang Kim
Petersen Automotive Museum
Photo © Chang Kim
Petersen Automotive Museum
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Petersen Automotive Museum
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