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Kossmanndejong Appointed Exhibition Designer For Los Angeles' La Brea Tar Pits By NHMLAC

Kossmanndejong appointed exhibition designer for Los Angeles' La Brea Tar Pits by NHMLAC. The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles (NHMLAC) has chosen Kossmanndejong (KDJ) to oversee the design of exhibition spaces and develop visitor experiences to redesign the La Brea Tar Pits.

Author:George EvansMay 17, 2023
Kossmanndejong appointed exhibition designerfor Los Angeles' La Brea Tar Pits by NHMLAC. The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles (NHMLAC) has chosen Kossmanndejong (KDJ) to oversee the design of exhibition spaces and develop visitor experiences to redesign the La Brea Tar Pits.
KDJ will operate across multiple design verticals, including architecture, landscaping, and programming, as the world's only active paleontological research site in an urban context.
KDJ, located in Amsterdam, was appointed through an international search and competitive procedure to deliver creative and interpretative solutions for the Hancock Park site-wide redevelopment.
KDJ will work alongside the architectural and landscape design team led by WEISS/MANFREDI and Los Angeles-based Gruen Associates, who were recently crowned Executive Architects of the Year by the NHMLAC.
This exciting collaboration aims to enhance the visitor experience and transform the iconic site into an immersive and engaging space.
The La Brea Tar Pits are one of the most important paleontological sites in the world. It is a gateway to the Ice Age and a living laboratory where local and international visitors may learn about cutting-edge research and see archaeologists hunting for plant and animal fossils buried in the tar pits 10,000 to 50,000 years ago.
La Brea Tar Pits Master Plan Site
La Brea Tar Pits Master Plan Site
The International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), one of the world's largest scientific organizations with over one million geoscientists from over 120 member nations, named the La Brea Tar Pits as one of the first 100 IUGS Geological Heritage Sites in October.
NHMLAC chose KDJ after a thorough selection process that included visiting KDJ's offices and projects both domestically and internationally, soliciting proposals from a select group of renowned international exhibition design firms, and spending time on location at the La Brea Tar Pits where each design team led charrettes to demonstrate their approach to design.
After being overwhelmingly picked by the staff of the organization's numerous departments, KDJ will work closely with WEISS/MANFREDI, Gruen Associates, and the NHMLAC team to continue producing the project's schematic design.
The design firm will work closely with the museum's curators, scientists, and educators to develop exhibits that combine scientific accuracy with captivating storytelling. By utilizing state-of-the-art technologies and interactive displays, the exhibition will transport visitors back in time to the Ice Age and allow them to explore the prehistoric world.
The redesign will also prioritize accessibility and inclusivity, ensuring that people of all abilities can fully engage with the exhibits. The goal is to create an environment that fosters curiosity and encourages active learning through hands-on experiences, multimedia presentations, and immersive installations.
In addition to the exhibition design, the project will also involve the revitalization of the surrounding park area, providing a seamless integration between the indoor and outdoor spaces. This cohesive design approach will enhance the overall visitor experience and create a sense of connection to the natural environment.
The NHMLAC and Kossmanndejong collaboration for the La Brea Tar Pits is an exciting endeavor that promises to transform the iconic site into a world-class destination for scientific exploration and discovery.

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Many cities have recently concentrated on revamping their principal cultural institutions with the goal of creating a more integrated experience in their particular museums.
Heneghan Peng Architects constructed the Grand Egyptian Museum to house some of the civilization's most valuable antiquities. In Seville, Vazquez Consuegra recently presented the Archaeological Museum of Seville's restoration project. Finally, Adjaye Associates has presented early designs for Nigeria's Edo Museum of West African Art.
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