Architectural rendering of the Broad Art Foundation, via their website.
Yesterday, Nicolai Ouroussoff wrote a rather pessimistic article in The New York Times about Eli Broad’s plans for his new museum, The Broad Art Foundation. The building will be situated mere steps away from Frank Gehry’s Disney Concert Hall which, like Broad’s new building, is not without its architectural flaws. The new Broad museum was designed with Gehry’s building in mind, meant to “absorb” light rather than to reflect it. One only hopes it will be built with art in mind as much as the Concert Hall was built with music in mind–everything from the wood of the auditorium stage to the arrangement of seats was meant to enhance the acoustics of the Disney space. Yet, when it comes to museums, viewer experience is seldom considered with as much rigor or seriousness.