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The Petersen Automotive Museum project consists of three phases of renovation of the existing four-story building and parking structure. The first phase, completed in May 2014, is a tenant improvement providing new administrative offices on the basement level. In the second phase, the exterior facade of the museum is undergoing a significant design remodel slated for completion in December 2015. The new facade of the museum facing Wilshire and Fairfax Boulevards will be transformed into a series of long stainless steel “ribbons” suspended by structural steel outriggers from a red, custom corrugated metal rainscreen wall. This sculptural, movement-inspired design will transform the Petersen into a distinctive visual landmark, lit from within at night to accentuate its curving forms. The third phase, currently under design, will consist of a porte-cochere remodel, parking structure screen facade on Fairfax, a new custom-sized freight elevator for moving the collection throughout the museum, and interior gallery improvements.

Client: The Petersen Automotive Museum
Design Architect: Kohn Pedersen & Fox (KPF) Associates
General Contractor: MATT Construction
Design Build Architectural Metal: A. Zahner Company
Floor Area: Existing Building 204,230 SF; Existing Parking Structure 405,400 SF
Image credit: KPF