Everyone engages in some form of internal conversing every single day. We're talking about the questions-and-answers sessions that go down inside your head, the talks you have with yourself about whether something that seems to be happening is really happening, or just your imagination.
Few events have inspired that internal dialogue like the refurbishment of the Petersen Automotive Museum, at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue on the Miracle Mile. If you've driven by it in the last year, you likely said, inside your head, "am I seeing what I'm seeing?" To which you answered, "wow, I think I really am."
For few structures, here or anywhere, have so stunningly, and provocatively, hooked into what the theme of the business within is all about. The outside of the new Petersen, which officially debuts on Dec. 7 (with a preview day on Sunday, Dec. 6), is all swooshes and speed and silver and neon and go. Whatever anyone says about it — and the widespread opinionating is as revved up as a hot engine — the building does look like how it feels to drive a car.
But how does a feeling come into physical being? There's a time-lapse video to review on that topic. What took well over a year can now be seen, and pondered, in one minute and five seconds, courtesy of the Work Zone Cam that sat at the northwest corner of the intersection throughout the $125-million-dollar construction.
Kohn Pedersen Fox is the architectural outfit behind all of those swooshes, by the by, and the span of the time-lapse? September 2014 through December 2015.