Built by two socialists named Eli and Edythe Broad, The Broad Museum is only one of the art museums in Los Angeles. About 2,000 artworks in the Art Foundation founded by the Broad family and in the private collection of the Broad family are on display in this museum, which was built in 2015. Two floors of the museum are designed as gallery spaces to display these works of art. The museum building also serves as the head office of the Broad Foundation.
The 2,200 square-foot wide Yesil area, designed next to the Broad Museum building, which is 12 thousand square meters, creates an important public square on Grand Avenue, where the museum is located.
The Broad Museum’s architecture is shaped by a concept called’ veil-and-vault’, the meaning of which is covering and storage. The museum’s two main programs, public exhibitions and temporary activities by the Broad Art Foundation, are combined with this concept through an architectural solution. This concept prevents the storage areas designed for these temporary activities from remaining in the background.
The ‘jump’ concept shapes visitors ‘ experiences in the museum from the entrance to the museum to the exit. The opaque, heavy mass hanging in the middle of the structure is carved inwards, forming the museum’s lobby and circulation areas. The upper part of this mass is the floor of the third floor galleries.
The opaque storage part in the middle of the structure is covered with a perforated, permeable, honeycomb-shaped structural element. This shell covers the mass inside the museum. At the same time, the holes of this shell, which surround all the facades, allow daylight to enter the structure.
Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Year of construction: 2015