The Resnick Pavilion at the Los Angeles Museum of Art opened last week to tonne of publicity and throngs of celebrities who were eager to get a first look at the new building. The 45,000 sq ft structure is touted in the museum’s press release as ‘the largest purpose-built, naturally lit, open-plan museum space in the world’. Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the pavilion is affectionately termed the Grand Piano by LACMA’s Director Michael Govan, to reference that the building’s modest size is by no means a measure of its artist achievement.
he design of the Resnick Pavilion is informed by an amalgamation of ideas drawn from a multitude of sources, including the architect’s memory. Like the Broad Contemporary Museum of Art, which Piano completed in 2008, the Resnick Pavilion is built of travertine glass and steel and has a saw-tooth roof that is designed to modulate the California sun - but here they are expressed as a one storey building as opposed to the multi-storied BCMA.....more