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Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum / Zaha Hadid Architects

  • 01:00 - 13 November, 2012
Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum / Zaha Hadid Architects
Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum / Zaha Hadid Architects, © Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA
  • Architects in Charge

    Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Director

    Craig Kiner
  • Project Architect

    Alberto Barba
  • Project Team

    Michael Hargens, Edgar Payan Pacheco, Sophia Razzaque, Arturo Revilla, Charles Walker
  • Competition Project Director

    Nils-Peter Fischer
  • Competition Project Architects

    Britta Knobel, Fulvio Wirz
  • Competition Team

    Melike Altinisik, Rojia Forouhar, Mariagrazia Lanza, Daniel Widrig
  • Area

    46,000 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Structural Engineering

    Adams Kara Taylor [London, UK]; SDI [Michigan, USA]
  • Environmental / M&E

    Max Fordham [London, UK]; Peter Basso [Michigan, USA]
  • Local Architects

    Integrated Design Solutions [Michigan, USA]
  • Site Area

    65,000 sqm
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From the architect. The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, located at the northern edge of the Michigan State University campus, is influenced by a set of movement paths that traverse and border the site. The vitality of street life on the northern side of Grand River Avenue and the historic heart of the university campus at the south side generate a network of paths and visual connections; some are part of the existing footpath layout, others create shortcuts between the city and the campus side of Grand River Avenue.

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© Paul Warchol

The circulation travelling in an east-west- direction on Grand River Avenue, along the main road of East Lansing and also on the main approach street to the campus produce an additional layer of connections that are applied to this highly frequented interface between city and campus.

© Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol

Generating two dimensional planes from these lines of circulation and visual connections, the formal composition of the museum is achieved by folding these planes in three-dimensional space to define an interior landscape which brings together and negotiates the different pathways on which people move through and around the site. This dialogue of interconnecting geometries describes a series of spaces that offer a variety of adjacencies; allowing many different interpretations when designing exhibitions. Through this complexity, curators can interpret different leads and connections, different perspectives and relationships.

© Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol

These detailed investigations and research into the landscape, topography and circulation of the site, enable us to ascertain and understand these critical lines of connection. By using these lines to inform the design, the museum is truly embedded within its unique context of Michigan State University, maintaining the strongest relationship with its surroundings.

The Broad Art Museum presents as a sharp, directed body, comprising directional pleats which reflect the topographic and circulatory characteristics of its surrounding landscape. Its outer skin echoes these different directions and orientations – giving the building an ever-changing appearance that arouses curiosity yet never quite reveals its content. This open character underlines the museum’s function as a cultural hub for the community. 

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clem · October 04, 2013

46000 sqm?? isn´t it 46000 sqf instead ? (doesn't look so huge)

Metric · April 06, 2015 06:49 AM

Stop using feet.

mm · November 15, 2012

i think it is cool. It looks like an amazing very finished 5th year thesis. I think in the long run it is a HORRIBLE building to look at and be next to from the outside. these types of spaces have been offered by Libeskind before. Why should I feel dizzy walking down the main stairs? ..... Overall IT IS COOL, perfect for a picture and perfect for a render and perfect for websites. I hope that the rest of the interior shots are good, wherever they may be. Cool spaces most certainly, but i think.... this is so 2006? not sure........when will we get over the fact that architecture is much more than "cool"

shenyingshi · November 15, 2012

i liake this

chris · November 15, 2012

It looks like a robot whale.

samsmd · November 15, 2012

Those slits with the combination of diagonal surfaces really adds to the dynamic quality of the building. I think its an amazing building.


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