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The Broad
Diller Scofidio + Renfro

August 31, 2015 /

Los Angeles, California, USA

By Kirsten Kiser

Dubbed "the veil and the vault," the museum's design merges the two key programs of the building: public exhibition space and the storage that will support the Broad Art Foundation's extensive lending activities.   

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Photo by Benny Chan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro



The Broad will be porous and absorptive, channeling light into 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

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Photo by Jeff Duran / Warren Air, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro


Rather than relegate the 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 and public circulation routes. Its top surface is the floor of the third  floor galleries.     

3.thebroad.jpgPhoto by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The vault is enveloped by "the veil" -  a porous, honeycomb-like, exterior structure that spans across the block-long building and provides filtered natural daylight. The museum's "veil" lifts at the corners, welcoming visitors  and activating the lobby.   

4.thebroad.jpgPhoto by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

5.thebroad.jpgPhoto by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

6.thebroad.jpgPhoto by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro - Detail of exterior veil

The public is then drawn upwards via an  escalator that tunnels through the vault and arrives onto nearly an acre of column-free gallery space that is bathed in diffused light. The gallery has 23 foot- high ceilings, and the roof is supported by 7 foot-deep steel girders. Art installations on the third floor gallery include works by Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman, and Sherrie Levine. 

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Photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro 
- Third floor gallery with skylights and interior veil. 

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- Skylights detail in the third floor gallery.

Departure from the third floor gallery space is a return trip through the vault via a winding central stair that offers glimpses into the vast holdings of the collection.  The Broad Art Foundation operates as a "lending library" with works from the nearly 2,000-piece Broad collection made available to museums around the    world.

10.thebroad.jpgPhoto by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro 

11.thebroad.jpgPhoto by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro 

The Broad also includes the Oculus Hall, a multipurpose public space on the  second floor, with flexible seating capacity of up to 200. It will be used for lectures, films, performances and other public programs. It is named for its location within the oculus on the Grand Avenue facade of the building. 

12.thebroad.jpgPhoto by Elizabeth Daniels, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro - Oculus Hall 

Public amenities associated with The Broad include an adjacent public plaza, a new restaurant, a new mid-block traffic signal and crosswalk connecting The Broad and public plaza with MOCA and the Colburn School, and additional streetscape improvements. The plaza's bosque of 100-year-old Barouni olive trees and grass create public space for picnics, outdoor films, performances and educational events. 

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14.thebroad.jpgPhoto by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The veil is made primarily of 2,500 fiberglass reinforced concrete (GFRC) panels and 650 tons of steel. Supported at three points the Grand Avenue touchdown beam can rock about a central pivot point allowing the entire veil structure to slightly "see-saw" back and forth along its plane during a major earthquake. Each end of the beam is allowed to move up and down by 3/4 of an inch. 

The Broad opens to the public on September 20th. 

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Image courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio+ Renfro in collaboration with Gensler - First Floor Plan

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Image courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio+ Renfro in collaboration with Gensler - Second Floor Plan

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Image courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio+ Renfro in collaboration with Gensler - Third Floor Plan

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Image courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio+ Renfro in collaboration with Gensler - East West Section

21.thebroad.jpgImage courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio+ Renfro in collaboration with Gensler - Aerial view

Facts about The Broad

Completed:

 2015

Total area:

120,000 square feet

Gallery space:

 50,000 square feet

Collection storage space:

 21,000 square feet

Subterranean parking:

155,000 square feet

Public plaza:

24,000 square feet

Leadership:

 Eli and Edythe Broad, Founders

Design Architect:

Diller Scofidio + Renfo, New York, N.Y.

Executive Architect:

 Gensler, Los Angeles, Calif.

Diller Scofidio + Renfo

Principal-in-charge:

Elizabeth Diller

Principal Designers:

 Ricardo Scofidio and Charles Renfo

Project Director:

Kevin Rice

Gensler

Principal-in-charge:

Rob Jernigan

Project Director:

David Pakshong

Project Architect:

Wendi Gilbert

Construction:

MATT Construction

Structural Engineer:

Nabih Youssef & Associates and Leslie E. Robertson Associates, R.L.L.P.

Civil Engineer:

 KPFF Consulting Engineers

Mechanical, Electrical:

ARUP

Lighting Design:

Tilotson Design

Vertical Transportation:

Lerch Bates

Collection Storage:

Solomon + Bauer

The Plaza

Design Architect:

 Diller Scofidio + Renfo

Executive Architect:

Adamson Associates

Landscape Architect:

Hood Design (Walter J. Hood)

Construction:

MATT Construction

Lighting:

 Tilotson Design Associates

Structural:

 Saiful / Bouquet Structural Engineers (Tom Bouquet)

Civil:

KPFF Consulting Engineers (Rick Davis)

Traffic Engineers:

 Crain & Associates

The Broad

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation

Last updated: August 31, 2015

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