The Broad Museum
Diller Scofidio + Renfro

May 12, 2008 /

Los Angeles, California, USA

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The designs for The Broad, a contemporary art museum located across the street from Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Museum of Contemporary Art, was recently revealed.

The Broad will be home to great works of contemporary art drawn from the 2,000-piece Broad Collections, and will also serve as the headquarters for the Broad Art Foundation's worldwide art lending library.

The three-story museum features a unique porous honeycomb "veil" that wraps the building and is visible through an expansive, top floor sky-lit gallery. The public entry to the museum will be on Grand Avenue and will complement the landscaped plaza to the south that is part of the Grand Avenue Project's master plan.

Eli and Edythe Broad

Liz Diller presenting The Broad

Our goal for the museum is to hold its ground next to Gehry's much larger and very exuberant Walt Disney Concert Hall through contrast. As opposed to Disney Hall's smooth and shiny exterior that reflects light, The Broad will be porous and absorptive, channeling light into its public spaces and galleries. The veil will play a role in the urbanization of Grand Avenue by activating two-way views that connect the museum and the street./ Liz Diller

Dubbed "the veil and the vault," the museum's design merges the two key components of the building: public exhibition space and the archive/storage that will support The Broad Art Foundation's lending activities. Rather than relegate the archive/storage to secondary status, the "vault," plays a key role in shaping the museum experience from entry to exit. Its heavy opaque mass is always in view, hovering midway in the building. Its carved underside shapes the lobby below, while its top surface is the floor of the exhibition space.

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The vault is enveloped on all sides by the "veil," an airy, cellular exoskeleton structure that spans across the block-long gallery and provides filtered natural daylight. The museum's "veil" lifts at the corners, welcoming visitors into an active lobby with a bookshop and espresso bar. Visitors will then journey upwards via an escalator, tunneling through the archive, arriving onto 40,000 square feet of column-free exhibition space bathed in diffuse light.

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Lobby along Grand Avenue

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Column free skylit gallery

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Skylit gallery with art

This 24-foot-high space is fully flexible to be shaped into galleries, according to the curatorial needs of each installation or exhibition. Visitors exit the exhibition space and descend back to the lobby through a winding stair through the vault that offers behind-the-scenes glimpses, through viewing windows, into the vast holdings of the Broad Collections and the foundation's lending library operations.

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Concept Diagram

Featuring almost an acre of column-free gallery space, a lecture hall for up to 200 people, a ground floor multimedia gallery and a public lobby with display space and a museum shop, the project will also include state-of-the-art archive, study and art storage space that will be available to scholars and curators who want to research works in the collection and borrow artworks for their institutions through The Broad Art Foundation.

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Grand Avenue Map

The inaugural exhibition, when the museum opens in two years, will feature 200 of the most iconic works from the Broad Collections, including many recent additions to the collection and works never seen before in Los Angeles.

Facts about The Broad Museum

Total area:

120,000 ft2

Estimated completion: 2013


The Broad Art Foundation

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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