Modern Design with – The Broad Museum

Newly opened, The Broad contemporary art museum built by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad in downtown Los Angeles will house over 2,000 works from their vast collection. Located next door to the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, the building pursues the two goals of the Broad Art Foundation—public exhibition and a large archival space to support extensive lending. The Broad collection encompasses one of the most distinctive arrays of postwar and contemporary art in the world.

Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler the building employs an innovative concept dubbed “veil-and-vault” by the architects. The veil refers to the cheese grater like façade, a white matte exoskeleton constructed of fiberglass reinforced concrete. This, along with roof skylights, brings diffused sunlight into the gallery space. The vault combines the inner light-controlled archive, offices, and conference room; with the “oculus” dimple seen on the street side facade lighting the meeting area. The120, 000 square-foot, $140-million building sits on an asymmetrical base with two corners lifted invitingly upward creating entrances.

Free general admission will bring the public works by Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker, Barbara Kruger, John Baldessari, Jasper Johns – and many more. Also, available to only one viewer at a time is Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrored Room — The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, a dazzling combination of mirrors and LED light.

Images courtesy: Iwan Bean, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Iwan Bean, Elizabeth Daniels