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Exhibition: Lebbeus Woods, Architect

00:00 - 31 October, 2013
Exhibition: Lebbeus Woods, Architect, Lebbeus Woods, San Francisco Project: Inhabiting the Quake, Quake City, 1995; graphite and pastel on paper; 14 1/2 in. x 23 in. x 3/4 in. (36.83 cm x 58.42 cm x 1.91 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © Estate of Lebbeus Woods
Lebbeus Woods, San Francisco Project: Inhabiting the Quake, Quake City, 1995; graphite and pastel on paper; 14 1/2 in. x 23 in. x 3/4 in. (36.83 cm x 58.42 cm x 1.91 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © Estate of Lebbeus Woods

From November 22 through March 2, 2014, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University presents Lebbeus Woods, Architect, bringing together over 100 works from the past 35 years by one of the most influential architects working in the field. Recognized beyond architecture, Lebbeus Woods (1940–2012), who was born in Lansing, Michigan, has been hailed by leading designers, filmmakers, writers, and artists alike as a significant voice in recent decades. Notably, Zaha Hadid, architect of the Broad’s newly inaugurated building, cities Woods as a key influence.

Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum / Zaha Hadid by Brad Feinknopf

03:00 - 15 January, 2013
© Brad Feinknopf
© Brad Feinknopf

Brad Feinknopf, a nationally recognized architectural photographer, kindly shared with us his recent photographic work on Zaha Hadid‘s Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. Known for his traditional, yet cutting edge approach to photography, his quality work here emphasizes the unique exterior and interior spaces of the building created by Hadid’s investigation into the lines of circulation and visual connections. Photographed during the day and night, he also captures its interface between city and campus. Additional images by Feinknopf can be viewed after the break.

The Dynamism of Zaha's Eli and Edythe Broad Museum

13:00 - 25 November, 2012
© Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol

Rio de Janeiro-based writer Robert Landon has shared with us his experience exploring Zaha Hadid’s newly completed Eli and Edythe Broad Museum in Michigan.

As you approach Zaha Hadid’s new Eli and Edythe Broad Museum in East Lansing, Michigan, it is the complex, light-catching carapace that first reels in the eye — a fine shock after the brick, neo-Gothic buildings that define the rest of the Michigan State University campus. Draw closer and its undulating fins, opening and closing in rhythmic asymmetries, begin to seduce the mind. In some places scrunched up into sharp angles and in others allowed to breathe for longer stretches across the low-slung facade, the fins seem to be the expression of some higher, grid-bending equation.

In a half-conscious attempt to solve the math, you begin to circle the building. At certain points, the fins spread wide enough for generous glimpses inside, but as you move keep moving, the inner secrets vanish again behind the metal lattice. In the same way, the relentlessly kinetic carapace tantalizes with, but ultimately eludes, any logical or definitive summing up. What is certain, though, is that, by the time you’ve come full circle, you’ll have grown quite curious to see what is going on inside.

More after the break…

Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum / Zaha Hadid Architects

01:00 - 13 November, 2012
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

    2012
  • Photographs