by Rakks | October 21st, 2016
Throughout history, architecture has always been a source of inspiration. From the initial design process through the completion of a project, architecture “groupies” watch with anticipation, as an architect’s vision becomes a reality.
The Broad Museum, the new contemporary art museum on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles is worth a visit. With its innovative “veil-and-vault” concept, the 120,000-square-foot, $140-million building features two floors of gallery space to showcase the museum’s comprehensive collection of post-war and contemporary art and is now the new headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation’s global lending library.
Referred to as “the veil and the vault,” the museum’s design seamlessly blends two components of the building: public exhibition space and collection storage. Rather than relegate storage to number 2 status, the designers realized early on that the “vault,” plays a key role in shaping the museum experience from entry to exit.
The Broad Museum Construction Timelapse
The vault’s heavy opaque mass is always in visitor site hovering midway in the building. The lobby below emerges from underside shapes. The vault’s top surface is the floor plate of the exhibition space and stores pieces that are not on display in the galleries or on loan. DS+R provided viewing windows to the vault so visitors can get a sense of the substantial depth of the collection by peering into the storage area. All sides of the vault are enveloped by the “veil,” an airy, honeycomb-like structure that spans the block-long gallery and provides filtered natural daylight.
The Broad was founded by philanthropists Eli and Edy Broad. “It has always been our mission to introduce contemporary art to the broadest possible audience,” says Eli Broad. General admission to the Broad is Free.