Architecture, Building and Planning
The natural history museum in Los Angeles, California is in need of a transformation that will impact on the number of visitors daily. Transformation refers to the permanent alteration of the building that is irreversible. The museum is home to both artifacts and fossils that can be dated to the beginning of life on the surface of the earth. The expected results should deal with practically all the major and minor issues that are being experienced. The museum boasts of its diversity of life, origins and evolution and sustainable future. To ensure all these traits are preserved the museum requires a makeover from its current state.
The museum holds vital information of history within its walls that is for public viewing. The public enters the building through one entrance that usually has a queue; this has to change so as to increase efficiency within the building. A new permanent entrance should be located on the western side of the building; this will reduce the queuing time of the public. Since the museum has no historical or metropolitan significance due to its architecture structure changes can be made to it. The landscape that is outside the museum requires attention as the plants have withered out giving the building a deserted appearance. The current outside appearance does not qualify the expected appearance of a building that holds vital information of the planet.
The landscape of the museum is also to be considered, the pathways that lead to the other parts of the museums exterior exhibits have to smoothen out. This will allow visitors to stroll throw out the exhibits easily. The landscape also include the gas lamps, they should be reinstated. They note only provide light at night and give the place a beautiful look but also gives a brief history of how they were used to light up streets before electricity. These changes to the landscape should be done properly and efficiently to prevent regular changes.
The changes stated previously are not only to improve the museums appearance but also to increase the flow of visitors’ everyday. Appearance is the main attraction then the contents that are within the walls, with increase in people it brings up a new problem in parking. When the building was constructed they did not put into account the importance of parking, today almost all modern families own a vehicle. The current parking space is not sufficient and due to the location of the building within the city finding more space will be very difficult. This will mean that the museum’s zoning requirements, but this is going to be hampered by the fact that city authorities restricted personal parking to downtown.
The buildings changes are going to be sufficient for now, but as the population continues to grow and new artifacts and fossils are found everyday, the building has to consider the option of expanding now. This will be a long term investment and also an opportunity to giver the building a new face. This will change from just being a historical museum to a tourist attraction. All the stated changes need to be fully planned and due to its size it will be unfeasible to carry this out. This brings about the use of scaled prototypes that will be used to settle any structural and design issues before the building has been constructed.