Project Spotlight

Michigan State University Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

Design Architect
Zaha Hadid Architects
+44 20 7253 5147

Architect of Record
Integrated Design Solutions, LLC
248 823 2100
Ann Green, IIDA

Site Design
Hamilton Anderson Associates
313 964 0270

Construction Manager
Barton Malow Company
248 436 5000

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum is a premier venue for international contemporary art and serves as a hub for the cultural life of Michigan State University and the surrounding community. Its international exhibition program and wide variety of performances, films, videos, social actions and art interventions situates The Broad at the center of the international art dialogue. Iconic and innovative, the three-level, 46,000 SF building pushed architectural boundaries and is constructed of sloped steel and concrete with a pleated metal and glass exterior. The pleats evolve into open fins over glazed areas, allowing diffuse daylight to filter into the building, creating a dialogue between inside and outside, yet never quite revealing its contents.

Design of the internal spaces reflects the definition of the external surfaces of patches and pleats. Interior organization is based upon clear and intuitive movement through the building for the visitor to galleries from public spaces and circulation routes. Internal circulation is articulated by three ā€˜Lā€™ shaped architectural concrete walls which provide legibility and material continuity to public areas and guide the visitor from either entrance, through the lobby and reception area to the feature stair. Operating as a sculptural element, the feature stair provides vertical movement through the Museum, connecting all three levels, and serving as a navigational reference for the visitor through the building.

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