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.
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