FRAMED: An Architectural Sleeve of Glass and Grass for the NHM That Was Never Built

The Architecture and Design Museum showcases L.A. landmarks that weren't. Just over a decade ago, architect Steven Holl designed a new building of glass and grass for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.

It was supposed to surround the original 1913 Beaux Arts structure like a "sleeve," and the enhanced facility was to include an observation tower, a park, a public plaza, a rooftop science garden, and a copper canopy jutting out toward Exposition Park.The completed facade could have been a new landmark on the L.A. cityscape, but like all the project photographs, designs, and models currently on display in the A+D: Architecture and Design Museum, the structure was never built.

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