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Broad Contemporary Art Museum, Lacma

Renzo Piano Building Workshop

The new Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) designed by Renzo Piano opened in February this year. Made possible by a 60 million dollar donation from Eli and Edythe Broad, it enables LACMA, the largest art museum in the western United States, to expand its contemporary art programme, but has divided visitors on its merits. LACMA initially commissioned studies from leading architects in 2001, including Rem Koolhaas. He proposed tearing down all the existing buildings, apart from the Pavilion for Japanese Art and LACMA West, and replacing them with a bold warehouse style structure with a translucent roof. LACMA opted for the more affordable solution of adding new buildings that are clearly sited, and tearing out the road as Piano proposed.
It was Eli Broad who, as patron, took on a client role and agreed to a larger role for Piano. The architect...

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