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Report: The Broad in Los Angeles – Streamlined Facades for a Slower-paced City

© ©Hufton+Crow
© Jeff Duran?/?Warren Air, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro
The undulating perforated building envelope is difficult to pinpoint. A close-fitting, garment whose mesh is optimised to prevent direct daylight from entering the museum, it appears as if it were draped over a 1960s shopping mall – as opposed to the sensual curves of a Hollywood starlet, which would be more in line with contemporary style.

What’s more: while Gehry’s neighbouring concert hall behaves like an eccentric movie star and, correspondingly, hones in on the deconstructivist Zeitgeist of the 1990s, this streamlined facade is at odds with the district’s current urban-­development trend: the metamorphosis of Grand Avenue from a thoroughfare dedicated exclusively to the automobile to a place that invites pedestrians to linger. A Champs-­Élysées for Los Angeles.