Six top architects were invited to design a 120,000 square foot $130 million dollar museum in Los Angeles including Rem Koolhaas, Herzog and de Meuron, Christian de Portzamparc, Ryue Nishizawa and Kazuyo Sejima, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Foreign Office Architects. In the end Diller Scofidio + Renfro garnered the commission with this design. As part of the Grand Avenue redevelopment project, which has recently been losing steam, the museum will be situated adjacent to Frank Gehry’’s Walt Disney Concert Hall and Arata Isozaki’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

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The design can be defined by two large rectangular boxes. The foundation box serves as the parking garage and the upper box, or vault, contains the interior spaces for art storage, archives, and office space. A dynamic façade surrounds the building consisting of varying cast-concrete hexagonal shapes, the corner of which lifts up creating the main entrance into the museum.

The Broad Collection: Interior Gallery Alternate. Diller Scofidi

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The exterior skin is designed with varying thickness and transparency on all of its facades to resemble sunken windows. The veil, wrapping the gallery space on the third floor, the vault on the second floor, and the lobby at ground level, is structural bearing the roof load and also serves as a sunshade for the building.

The Broad Collection: Interior Lobby. Diller Scofidio+Renfro.

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Originally the design proposed an interaction between car and pedestrian that forced drivers descending into the parking garage and pedestrians coming into the museum to face each other through glass. This design idea would have provided an unavoidable encounter between the current car culture and lifestyle of LA and the movement towards mass transit.

The Broad Collection: Interior Gallery. Diller Scofidio+Renfro.

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It is unclear why this aspect of the design was removed or whether or not it will be reinstated in the future, but like many projects, this one is far from over and is destined to go through several iterations to perfect the design until it’s completion.

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