Finally Free of Scaffolding, L.A.’s Broad Museum Comes into Full View

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(Photo: Gary Leonard)

Let others revel in the swiftly fading highlights of 2014; we prefer to look forward to the art and design milestones of 2015. The view became a bit clearer today, even in smog-prone Los Angeles, with the removal of the final scaffolding from the exterior facade of the Broad, Eli and Edythe Broad‘s $140 million contemporary art museum in the making on Grand Avenue, to reveal the full “veil” wrapping the Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed building.

Don’t be fooled by its perforated appearance and wispy name: the veil is a structural exoskeleton comprised of 2,500 fiberglass-reinforced concrete panels and 650 tons of steel designed to “drape” over The Broad and appear to lift up at the south and north corners to define two street-level entrances. The Grand Avenue side of the veil (pictured) is punctured by an architectural feature that DSR calls “the oculus.”

The 120,000-square-foot museum, which includes more than 50,000 square feet of public gallery space spread over two floors, is slated to open this fall, after assorted construction delays. In the meantime, the Broad has been smartly stoking interest with an outstanding series of free public conversations featuring the likes of Eric Fischl and Steve Martin, John Currin and James Cuno, and Kara Walker and Ava DuVernay, all viewable on the museum’s website and YouTube channel.