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Six Firms Competing for Broad Museum Project on Grand Avenue

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, May 24, 2010, at 04:47PM
Grand Avenue Parcel L Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Currently a surface parking lot, Parcel L could become home to the Broad Art Museum. The site is next to the Walt Disney Concert Hall and across the street from MOCA and the Colburn School.

While officially Eli Broad is still choosing between Downtown and Santa Monica for his art museum, all signs appear to be pointing to a Grand Avenue location. Both the L.A. Times and New York Times have stories today saying that Broad has invited six firms to present design ideas for the space, which would be located just to the south of the Disney Concert Hall.

According to the New York Times, Broad could make a choice as early as next week.

The paper says that the structure would contain roughly 35,000 square feet of exhibit space, 45,000 square feet of archive space, a 5,000 square foot lobby and a 3,500 square foot bookstore.

Chosen to compete were Rem Koolhaas; Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron; Christian de Portzamparc; Ryue Nishizawa and Kazuyo Sejima; along with the firms Diller, Scofidio & Renfro and Foreign Office Architects.

The L.A. Times notes that four of the six architects chosen have won the Pritzker prize, architecture's top honor, and says that Broad has narrowed the field to Koolhaas and Diller, Scofidio & Renfro.

blogdowntown was first to report back in January that the Broad Foundation was in negotiations with the Grand Avenue Authority for the space, one of the parcels designated for the Related Companies' Grand Avenue Project. The museum would likely be integrated with other uses on the site, which would at the least contain a parking podium with spaces for more than just the Broad museum.

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