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Broad Museum, Los Angeles, United States 
Monday 10 Jan 2011
 
LA's new veiled threat 
 
Diller Scofidio + Renfro 
 
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11/01/11 Penleigh Boyd, Canberra Australia
Sounds great - too often the majority of the available artworks are stored out of sight and only the tip of the iceberg is seen at any one time. This gallery design approach will give a wonderful sense of anticipation - a thoughtful reinterpretation of Yale's Beinecke Library approach to its collection.
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11/01/11 John Dziurman, Rochester, MI
The concept of placing the archival space in the middle and the galleries surrounding it is long overdue. The entire collection is what makes the museum and having it part of the experience is fantastic. I recently had the opportunity to tour the current construction for the renovation and addition to the Cranbrook Art Museum. The architects for this project have also incorporated the archives as part of the learning experience for their students and visitors. It is encouraging that some architects understand the real relationship between all the "other" departments that make a museum both a learning and viewing experience for all its visitors.
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11/01/11 Robert McBride, South Salem
The BUDGET for the Project is to low. This kind of design work and Budget
creation is based on little or no details. The World Trade Center site in NYC
was budgeted on incomplete drawings and we still hear arguments now
about budgets being blown by a lot after nine years. The client better
have deep pockets to handle the final COST.

How do I KNOW ? Because I am a NUTS and BOLTS Architect !
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Editorial

Broad Museum design unveiled 


The much anticipated design for Eli Broad’s new downtown Los Angeles museum was unveiled Thursday at a press conference held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The design, by New York architect Diller Scofidio + Renfro, is based on the concept of ‘the veil and the vault’ where the gallery (the veil) and the archive (the vault) are given equal play in the building with the archive treated as a main event around which the rest of the museum spaces are organised.

This inventive take on program space, where space typically relegated to secondary status is elevated to prime time, has become a sort of calling card for the derring-do designers who, in doing so, allow the public to see the familiar anew, much in a Duchampian way where a subversive action like dubbing a urinal a fountain challenges conventional wisdom.

With this as a point of departure, the architects have placed the archive midway in the building and surrounded the heavy opaque mass with an ethereal, transparent structure, the porosity of which is intended to dissolve the boundary between building and urban space while rendering the archive visible at all times.

The archive plays a key role in shaping the museum experience from entrance to exit. It is enveloped on all sides by an airy exoskeleton structure of honeycomb concrete that spans across the block-long building and lifts almost effortlessly at the building’s corners to reveal the building’s entrance.

From the lobby space, visitors are drawn upwards via escalator, tunneling through the archive, before reaching the exhibition floor, an acre of column free space that can be configured according to curatorial needs. Departure from the galleries is through a winding stair that offers glimpses into the museum’s vast holdings.

The three-storey museum, to be located next to Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, is estimated to cost $130m.

Sharon McHugh
US Correspondent

 

Key Facts

Status Concept design
Value 100(m€)
Diller Scofidio + Renfro Architects
www.dillerscofidio.com

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