The Broad Foundation
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Executive Architect: Gensler
KPFF provided civil engineering services for The Broad, Los Angeles’ newest contemporary art museum. A major gathering place attracting locals and tourists alike, The Broad is listed as one of the “Most Instagrammable Places in Los Angeles”. The project required extensive coordination with several city agencies during the project design phase. Unique project elements include: landscape “eruptions” in front of the museum on Grand Avenue, one-of-a-kind street lights, mid-block crosswalk and pedestrian friendly bulb-outs, modifications to Grand Avenue bridge to create planters, GTK Way Tunnel lighting, and utility coordination.
The Broad is one of only a handful of museums nationwide to achieve LEED Gold status. Contributing to this was the introduction of a green space with biofiltration for storm water run-off.
With the innovation “veil-and-vault” concept, The Broad is home to more than 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection, which is among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide. The “vault” storage holding shapes the museum experience for visitors who enter the lobby below its carved underside, shoot through it in the elevator stand above it in the galleries, and peer in through viewing windows. The vault is enveloped by the “veil” an airy, honeycomb-like structure that filters daylight into public galleries. Since opening in 2015, The Broad has welcomed more than 1.7 million visitors and has been heralded as a catalyst for urbanizing downtown Los Angeles.
2018 AIA Architecture Award
2016 Engineering News Record (ENR), Project of the Year, Southern California