The Broad Contemporary Art Museum To Open In Los Angeles In September

The Broad By Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

 

The Broad, a contemporary art museum designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, is due to open on September 20th in Los Angeles, California.

 

The Broad By Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The designer’s description

Dubbed ‘the veil and the vault’, the museum’s design merges the two key programs of the building: public exhibition space and the archive/storage that will support The Broad Art Foundation’s lending activities.

The Broad By Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Rather than relegate the archive/storage to secondary status, ‘the vault’ plays a key role in shaping the museum experience from entry to exit. Its heavy opaque mass is always in view, hovering midmay in the building. Its carved underside shapes the lobby below and public circulation routes. Its top surface is the floor of the exhibition space.

The Broad By Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The vault is enveloped on all sides by the ‘veil’, and airy, cellular exoskeleton structure that spans across the block-long gallery and provides filtered natural daylight.

The Broad By Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The museum’s ‘veil’ lifts at the corners, welcoming the visitors into an active lobby with a bookshop and espresso bar. The public is then drawn upwards via escalator, tunneling through the archive, arriving onto an acre of column-free exhibition space bathed in diffused light.

The Broad By Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

This 24′ high space is fully flexible to be shaped into galleries according to curatorial needs. Departure from the exhibition space is a return trip through the vault via a winding stair that offers glimpses into the vast holdings of the collection.

The Broad By Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Photo by Jeff Duran / Warren Air, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

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