Driving down Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, you can’t miss the striking new shell of the Petersen Automotive Museum, designed by New York’s Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF). The new exterior is drawing fans, who say the sculptural curves made of 135 tons of steel and aluminum is elegant and represents aerodynamics. It is also drawing critics, who argue that the exterior is brazen, tacky, and doesn’t belong on Wilshire’s Museum Row.

The Petersen Automotive Museum neighbors more solemn architecture like the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures across the street.

"The buildings across the way are gentlemen in black ties," says Gene Kohn, chief architect of KPF. "Our museum is more like a ballerina, or the dancing lady going to the ball."

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