The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles has commissioned Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates to transform its exterior. Long ribbons of stainless steel will encase three sides and the top of the deep red building, evoking the imagery of speed and curves of the automobile. At night, lights from within will illuminate the sculpture-like structure.
The museum also plans to add 15,000 square feet of display space and upgrade interiors to include redesigned galleries featuring new lighting, digital displays, and learning stations. The permanent collection will also undergo an overhaul.
“Our goal is to design and build an exterior as stunning as the vehicles and displays housed inside,” Peter Mullin, the Petersen’s chairman, said in a statement. “Our plan is to work with the best and brightest minds in architecture, automotive history, and interactive design to give the people of Los Angeles and the world a place where they can be immersed in the culture, sights, and sounds of the greatest vehicles ever built.”