The Broad's façade lifts at its Grand Avenue corners to allow entrance into the building.
Gary Leonard The Broad's façade lifts at its Grand Avenue corners to allow entrance into the building.


The last pieces of scaffolding were removed from The Broad Museum in downtown Los Angeles today, revealing its full fiber-reinforced concrete façade, dubbed “the veil” by architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, which collaborated with Gensler on the project. In concept sketches for the 120,000-square-foot museum, the architects emphasized a “veil and vault” strategy, wherein a structural exoskeleton that would house public gallery spaces bathed in natural light would surround a private, light-controlled art archive.

Sited adjacent to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed by Frank O. Gehry Architects, The Broad will house nearly 2,000 works from the collection of the Broad Art Foundation. The Broad anticipates an opening date in late 2015.

Comprised of steel and 2,500 fiber-reinforced concrete panels, The Broad's exterior, free of scaffolding, is now visible.
Gary Leonard Comprised of steel and 2,500 fiber-reinforced concrete panels, The Broad's exterior, free of scaffolding, is now visible.


Read more about The Broad in coverage from ARCHITECT’s 2014 P/A Awards.

Watch a time-lapse video of the last pieces of scaffolding being removed from The Broad.

The Broad is in solid architectural company in downtown Los Angeles: It is adjacent to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, by Frank O. Gehry Architects, and across the street from the Colburn School, which features the architecture of Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, Lloyd Wright, and Pfeiffer Partners Architects (the Grand Avenue location of MoCA, by Arata Isozaki & Associates is next door to the Colburn School, and not pictured).
Gary Leonard The Broad is in solid architectural company in downtown Los Angeles: It is adjacent to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, by Frank O. Gehry Architects, and across the street from the Colburn School, which features the architecture of Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, Lloyd Wright, and Pfeiffer Partners Architects (the Grand Avenue location of MoCA, by Arata Isozaki & Associates is next door to the Colburn School, and not pictured).


An indentation in the veil has been named "The Oculus" by the architects.
Gary Leonard An indentation in the veil has been named "The Oculus" by the architects.