THE BROAD

Art museum

Los Angeles, CA

2015

The Broad is a museum and storage facility for the Broad family collection of contemporary art and a key component of downtown LA’s revitalization. Dubbed “the Veil and the Vault,” the museum’s design merges the two primary components of the 100,000sf building: a public exhibition space and an archive/storage facility that supports The Broad Art Foundation’s lending activities. 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 midway in the building. Its carved underside shapes the street level lobby and public circulation routes. Its top surface is the floor of the exhibition space. The “Vault” is enveloped on all sides by the “Veil,” an airy, cellular exoskeleton structure that spans across the block-long gallery to provide filtered natural daylight. The museum’s “Veil” lifts at the corners, welcoming visitors into an active lobby with a bookshop and espresso bar. The public is drawn upwards from the lobby via escalator, tunneling through the Vault and arriving onto an acre of 24’ high, column-free, fully flexible exhibition space bathed in diffused light. A stair snakes through the vault offering glimpses into the vast holdings of the collection on the way out.

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