What connects Kontrapunkt and Ice Age creatures in the middle of Los Angeles?

Jun 25  ·  2 min read

The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) has announced the beginning of a long-term initiative to reimagine and renovate one of the institution’s most prized components: its 12-acre campus in Hancock Park, encompassing the world-renowned La Brea Tar Pits and the George C. Page Museum. Three companies are in the finals competing for the assignment of leading the master planning team. Kontrapunkt and Dorte Mandrup, as a team, are one of the three competitors remanining - and the only non-american finalist.

Kontrapunkt’s role is to contribute to the overall story of the Tar Pits in terms of wayfinding, signage, and visual storytelling. La Brea Tar Pits carry an enormously important cultural and natural heritage. The pits are like a rabbit hole - a gateway into the history and legacy of our planet and we are truly excited about the opportunity to help convey that story.

A collective collaboration

Dorte Mandrup has, with strong international collaborators Martha Schwartz Partners (New York), Gruen Associates (Los Angeles), ARUP (Los Angeles), and Kontrapunkt, developed conceptual approaches to the project, which NHMLAC will unveil for public comment in late August 2019. On the basis of its own review and the public’s feedback, The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County expects to announce its chosen firm toward the end of 2019. Read more about the competition and the La Brea Tar Pits here. And keep those fingers crossed all summer!