LA’s Broad Museum Unveils Porous, Light-Filled Gallery

by , 01/07/11

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The third floor provides a large and column-free gallery space that makes use of daylighting through an airy exoskeleton as well as skylights. This large space is flexible in accordance to curatorial needs and has 24-foot high ceilings. The Veil is lifted at the corners of the building at street level, welcoming visitors inside the lobby and to the espresso bar. The spaces surrounding the museum will be landscaped and the public plaza will serve as a community park. Additionally, a new metro station will be located onsite making public transportation access to the museum very easy.

Although not incredibly impressive on the sustainable front, “The Broad” will certainly be an impressive piece of architecture. Construction of the three-story underground parking garage is expected to begin this spring, with completion of the entire museum slated for 2013. Some criticism is already swirling about the design, but there could still be time for amendments before construction commences. We earnestly hope a more energy efficient and sustainable scheme will emerge if any changes are to be made.

+ The Broad Foundation

+ Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Images ©Diller Scofidio + Renfro

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  1. lazyreader January 10, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Keep in mind I have nothing against modern architecture. But it looks like a cheese grater. Funny someone mentions Seattle’s library. Here’s what a certain someone said about that in 2004.
    This is what happens when you have a stupid white building designed by stupid white people ( no offense, I am white ) who think they know whats best for a city. It is a perfect nest to attract birds, a good place to where mama can raise her chicks. Probably much more nurturing than whatever stale human activity goes on inside. I can only imagine how hard it will be to clean when birds crap in each crevice.

  2. Green Electricity January 9, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Quite breathtaking!

  3. Holcim Awards January 7, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    The facade structure reminds me a bit of the Seattle Public Library by OMA. Otherwise I think this is a great design. That top floor with the lighting coming through the structure is really beautiful.
    This would be a great submission to the Holcim Awards US.

  4. krenit January 7, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    A staircase as prominent as the escalator might provide a pleasing option.

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