Broad Museum

(2015)* – View looking west showing the newly constructed Broad Museum located at 221 S. Grand Ave. Photo by Kirk McKoy   


Historical Notes

The Broad Museum, an antic block-size box articulated by more than 2,500 concrete modules. It's the kind of building that demands attention and presses the imagination.  The locals in Los Angeles have taken to calling it a cheese grater, and its architects alternately describe it as a sponge and a piece of coral.  It’s hard to resist the impulse to label it.*




(2015) – View looking at the Broad Museum located on the SW corner of Grand Aveneu and 2nd Street..  


Historical Notes

Completed in 2015, The Broad contemporary art museum was named for philanthropist Eli Broad, who financed the $140 million building which houses the Broad art collections.*




(2017)* – View looking west on 2nd Street from Grand Avenue with the Broad Museum seen on the SW corner. The tall building in the distance is the 32-story Bunker Hill Tower.  


Historical Notes

The Broad is housed in a building designed by architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro and structural engineering firm Leslie E. Robertson Associates.  With a location adjacent to Frank Gehry's iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall, the museum's design is intended to “contrast with its bright metallic perforated exterior while respecting its architectural presence by having a porous, "honeycomblike" exterior.”^




(2017)*^ - Corner view of the Broad Museum of contemporary art looking northwest.  


Historical Notes

The building design is based on a concept entitled "the veil and the vault". "The veil" is a porous envelope that wraps the whole building, filtering and transmitting daylight to the indoor space. This skin is made of 2,500 rhomboidal panels made in fiberglass reinforced concrete supported by a 650-ton steel substructure. "The vault" is a concrete body which forms the core of the building, dedicated to artworks storage, laboratories, curatorial spaces and offices.^




(2019)^ - The Broad Museum and its reflection looking southwest.  Photo by Dustin Kukuk  


Historical Notes

The 120,000-square-foot building features two floors of gallery space and is the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation’s worldwide lending library, which has been loaning collection works to museums around the world since 1984.*




(2020)^ - Looking straight up the “honeycomblike” exterior of the Broad Museum.  Photo by Tom Awai  






(2021)* - View looking north on Grand with the Broad Museum in the foreground and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in the distance. Photo Courtesy of James J. Chun  




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