Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

Today five designs were unveiled for the new $26 million dollar Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. The museum will be built at the current location of the Paolucci building near Grand River and Collingwood.







  • The designs are respectively attributed to:

    2. Kohn Pederson Fox Associates PC
    3. Zaha Hadid Architects
    4. Randall Stout Architects Inc.
    5. Morphosis
  • I really can't make sense of the one by Hadid, the third one. It just doesn't look like a building, more like a decorative sidewalk. On the left side of the picture, you can see some height, but besides that it just doesn't look like a building from this angle.
  • edited July 2007
    I was really expecting something much more colorful from all of them. These are look rather bland. What's with all of the grey and concrete?

    If I had to chose one it would be Morphosis (last one), as the height would actually make an impact. The others designs all look kind of timid.
  • Here is a link with a video at WILX where the architects personally explain their projects:

    MSU Art Museum Designs Unveiled

    It gives a bit more context to the discussion, and I do understand Hadid's design, now.
  • I like the last one best also, but the first one is alright too.
  • edited July 2007
    I'm leaning toward #5 or #2. I dig the slightly sub-ground-level entrance (or at least the appearance of), and the glassy whale shape of #2.

    For any of them, they'll definitely stand out against that part of campus! In fact it's almost hard to picture them there, or how they'll be oriented.

    I can't watch the video at work, so I'll check it out when I get home.
  • And honestly, what's with the squiggles drawn all over the rendering on #1. I mean, I realize these guys are trying to be avant-garde and modern, but come on... squiggles?
  • edited July 2007
    I really like #2. They say that at night, #2 will glow, so that could be really cool while walking down Grand River.
  • Mine = #1, It's fairly asthetically pleasing as long as it's not covered in what appears to be giant strings of spaghetti

    #2 = An oversized bubble

    #3 = The world's largest solar powered museum

    #4 = Not too bad, but weird and waivy

    #5 = Wayyyyyyyyyy to tall/overbearing
  • Is it just me, or is #4 a Gehry rip off? #3 is incomprehensible and unintelligible. I don't mind #1 or #5, but I like #2, especially if the lighting bit is true...
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