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Is design for Broad museum in downtown L.A. too bold? Tell us what you think

January 6, 2011 |  6:59 am

Artist's rendering of the Diller, Scofidio + Renfro design for Broad's downtown museum.

Eli Broad and other officials will unveil a bold design for his new art museum in downtown L.A. The Times' Mike Boehm got an early look and reports:

Lead architect Elizabeth Diller's term for it is "the veil," because it enables the museum to relate to its surroundings by providing slots through which visitors can look out on Grand Avenue, and passersby outside the museum can get glimpses of what's inside. Visitors will enter the museum at ground level, take an escalator bathed in natural light to the top-floor galleries, and return via a staircase from which they'll have views into what she has dubbed "the vault" — the storage facility on the first and second floor that will house all the art from the 2,000-work collection that's not on display or on loan to other museums.

Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne seems positive: "There is much to admire in the design... including a dramatic honeycombed cast-concrete skin, a glass-enclosed lobby with an undulating ceiling and a column-free top-floor exhibition space covering nearly an acre."

What do you think? Share your view below.

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