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The Broad Art Museum Unveils Plans for a New Public Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles
Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Hood Design just revealed renderings for a landscaped plaza to be built next to The Broad Art Museum in Los Angeles. Designed as a pedestrian friendly space, the 24,000 square foot outdoor plaza marks one of the city’s latest efforts to bring civic life back to the park-starved urban center. The unveiling of the new square was presented alongside news that The Broad’s opening date was pushed back from this fall to 2015.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the architecture firm also responsible for The Broad’s distinctive honeycomb-like facade, collaborated with landscape architecture firm Hood Design to design a green space with amenities for outdoor dining and public performances. Located in Bunker Hill, the landscaped plaza will be shaded by a grove of beautiful century-old Barouni olive trees flown in from Northern California. Surrounded by crushed stone paving and flowering groundcover, the grove will also double as a sight and sound buffer between the museum and the bordering street.
Complementing the sun dappled olive tree grove is a large open lawn that will host The Broad’s outdoor public programming. A freestanding restaurant located at one end of the plaza will be developed in partnership with restaurateur Bill Chait. “Our design for the plaza taps into the new spirit of downtown L.A., mixing culture, recreation, and food,” said Elizabeth Diller, a founding principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro. “The neighboring institutions will be able to share the landscaped space for both passive and lively programming, day and night.”
The Broad’s public plaza is scheduled for completion later this fall.
Images via Diller Scofidio + Renfro
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