Broad Museum, Los Angeles, California
Located in Los Angeles, The Broad Museum is a multimedia museum. It is a permanent think-tank for artists, an incubator for the arts. It provides opportunistic spaces that encourage experimentation and improvisation. The museum challenges conventional requirements of the museum as a repository of artifacts by minimizing its support spaces and maximizing its potential for creation and artistic exchange.
Circulation of people and art through exterior and interior spaces drives the design. In addition to the traditional 90-degree wall of the Exhibition Hall and Active Archive Galleries, a different type of gallery, the flexible Intervention Space, connects and enables the interaction between art and architecture. The geometry of the enclosure of the Intervention Space is crystal-like facets. The form provides a different type and quality of space for artists to respond to, such as transparency and temporality of light throughout the day. This Intervention Space also enables the circulation of art through exhibits and turns the routine of art circulation into an event. Space is sectioned so portions of the gallery can be closed off to the public depending on curatorial needs. On the ground level, the Forum is a multifunctional indoor-outdoor theater, gallery, or amphitheater. Stairs immediate to the Forum separate the amphitheater environment from the urban context, while still maintaining openness and connectivity between the two streets bordering the site. Exterior amphitheater space could be used for gatherings, as a temporary sculpture park, or projecting digital art on the exterior walls, enabling passersby to engage with art without going inside the museum.