Eli Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro unveiled the renderings for the new museum yesterday inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The $130 million museum will play a central role in the re-urbanization of Grand Avenue, as well as providing a contrast to the shiny and large concert hall that sits across the street. The Broad Art Foundation will serve as a repository for the Broad’s vast collection of contemporary art work, as well as a lending center. Three stories tall, with parking underneath, the new 120,000 sq ft museum will include almost an acre of column free gallery space, in addition to a lecture hall, multimedia gallery, lobby, gift shop, espresso bar, plus archive and storage space.
Nicknamed “The Vault and The Veil,” the LA museum is characterized by its large archival space covered in a porous, veil-like exterior. The entire second floor serves as the archive vault, which unlike most museums, remains in view rather than being relegated to the basement. The arched and carved ceiling of the lobby serves as the floor for the vault, and the ceiling is the floor of the gallery space.