Striking New Eli Broad’s Museum Design in LA
Eli Broad’s new museum, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, will serve as both an archive as well as gallery space for the 2,000 some odd pieces that make up the Broad Collection. The exterior is characterized by a porous concrete screen, nicknamed The Vault and The Veil, which will help draw daylight in from all sides of the structure as well as the ceiling.
Three stories tall, with parking underneath, the new 120,000 sq ft museum will include almost an acre of column free gallery space, in addition to a lecture hall, multimedia gallery, lobby, gift shop, espresso bar, plus archive and storage space. The entire second floor serves as the archive vault, which unlike most museums, remains in view rather than being relegated to the basement.
The arched and carved ceiling of the lobby serves as the floor for the vault, and the ceiling is the floor of the gallery space. The third floor provides a large and column-free gallery space that makes use of daylighting through an airy exoskeleton as well as skylights. Construction of the three-story underground parking garage is expected to begin this spring, with completion of the entire museum slated for 2013.