The Building

The main elements of The Broad's design, the "veil" and the "vault"

The main elements of The Broad's design, the "veil" and the "vault"

Architecture

The Broad is designed by world-renowned architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler. With its innovative “veil-and-vault” concept, the 120,000-square-foot, $140 million building features two floors of gallery space to showcase the Broad’s comprehensive collection and is the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation’s worldwide lending library. 

Dubbed “the veil and the vault,” the museum’s design merges the two key components of the building: public exhibition space and collection storage. Rather than relegate the 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 lobby below, while its top surface is the floor plate of the exhibition space. The vault stores the portions of the collection not  on display in the galleries or on loan, but  DS+R provided viewing windows so visitors can get a sense of the intensive depth of the collection and peer right into the storage holding. The vault is enveloped on all sides by the “veil,” an airy, honeycomb-like structure that spans across the block-long gallery and provides filtered natural daylight.

The Plaza

Directly south of the museum is a public plaza also designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The landscaping features 100-year-old Barouni olive trees and an open lawn, adding another parcel of critical green space to Grand Avenue.

 

Building Photography

The Broad museum, on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles; photo by Benny Chan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The Broad museum, on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles; photo by Benny Chan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro 

The Broad museum, on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles; photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The Broad museum, on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles; photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro 

The Broad museum, on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles; photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The Broad museum, on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles; photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro 

The Broad museum’s lobby with escalator; photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The Broad museum’s lobby with escalator; photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The Broad museum’s lobby with interior veil; photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The Broad museum’s lobby with interior veil; photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The Broad museum's third floor galleries with skylights and interior veil; photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The Broad museum's third floor galleries with skylights and interior veil; photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro 

Aerial photo of The Broad museum in downtown Los Angeles; photo by Jeff Duran / Warren Air, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Aerial photo of The Broad museum in downtown Los Angeles; photo by Jeff Duran / Warren Air, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Timelapse

Construction Photos

View of The Broad under construction from 2nd and Grand Ave; photo by Nelson  and Sixta, 12/19/13

View of The Broad under construction from 2nd and Grand Ave; photo by Nelson and Sixta, 12/19/13

Third floor gallery under construction; photo by Nathaniel Riley, 6/30/2014

Third floor gallery under construction; photo by Nathaniel Riley, 6/30/2014

Plaza under construction with 100-year old Barouni olive trees; photo by Nathaniel  Riley, 6/30/14

Plaza under construction with 100-year old Barouni olive trees; photo by Nathaniel Riley, 6/30/14

Front view of The Broad’s three levels under construction; photo by Benny Chan,  5/12/13

Front view of The Broad’s three levels under construction; photo by Benny Chan, 5/12/13

 Side view of The Broad under construction; photo by Benny Chan, 5/12/13

Side view of The Broad under construction; photo by Benny Chan, 5/12/13

Aerial photo of The Broad under construction; photo by Jeff Duran / Warren Air, 5/15/14

Aerial photo of The Broad under construction; photo by Jeff Duran / Warren Air, 5/15/14

Aerial photo of The Broad under construction; photo by Jeff Duran / Warren Air, 6/13/14

Aerial photo of The Broad under construction; photo by Jeff Duran / Warren Air, 6/13/14

View of The Broad's lobby under construction; photo by Benny Chan, 5/12/13

View of The Broad's lobby under construction; photo by Benny Chan, 5/12/13

105-ft escalator under construction at The Broad; photo by Nelson  and Sixta, 12/19/13

105-ft escalator under construction at The Broad; photo by Nelson and Sixta, 12/19/13

The Broad lobby under construction; photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging, 9/17/13

The Broad lobby under construction; photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging, 9/17/13

Construction worker inspecting pieces of The Broad’s veil; photo by Matt Ostrow / Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Construction worker inspecting pieces of The Broad’s veil; photo by Matt Ostrow / Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Construction worker welding steel beams on The Broad structure; photo by Nathaniel Riley

Construction worker welding steel beams on The Broad structure; photo by Nathaniel Riley

Construction worker working on the skylight monitors; photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging, 9/17/13

Construction worker working on the skylight monitors; photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging, 9/17/13

Skylight monitors waiting to be installed; photo by Benny Chan

Skylight monitors waiting to be installed; photo by Benny Chan

Third floor glass elevator under construction; photo by Nathaniel Riley, 6/30/14

Third floor glass elevator under construction; photo by Nathaniel Riley, 6/30/14

Skylight monitors and third floor ceiling under construction; photo by Nelson and  Sixta, 12/19/13

Skylight monitors and third floor ceiling under construction; photo by Nelson and Sixta, 12/19/13