Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid


Zaha Hadid has won a competition to design the new Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.

The museum will exhibit modern and contemporary art, and will be adjoined to a sculpture park.

The building will be on three levels, including a basement, and will have 18, 000 square feet of exhibition space. There will also be an education centre, museum shop, visitor café and staff offices.

It will be constructed from steel and concrete with an aluminium and glass exterior. Construction will begin later this year and is due to be completed in 2010.

Below is a press release from the university about the winning project:


Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
World-renowned architect Zaha Hadid’s design selected for MSU’s Broad Art Museum

"This truly is an example of how one man’s great vision can be a reflection of an entire state’s future. Creating a new art museum that will stimulate learning and creativity will, in turn, help grow Michigan’s economy and enhance our quality of life.”
—Jennifer M. Granholm, governor, state of Michigan

World-renowned architect Zaha Hadid of London has been selected as the winner in the design competition for the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. Hadid joined the Broads at two public events today where MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon announced the winner.

“With today’s announcement of Zaha Hadid as the architect of record for the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, we take one step closer to bringing this extraordinary project to life,” Simon said. “We were fortunate to have the work of many world-class architects submitted for the competition but Ms. Hadid’s design truly captured the spirit of what this iconic building will represent to MSU’s campus and the greater mid-Michigan community that will benefit from its presence in the area.”

The announcement is the culmination of a competition that began in June 2007 when the Broads gave a gift of $26 million to help fund the new museum, which will focus on modern and contemporary art. The other finalists were: Coop Himmelb(l)au (Vienna and Los Angeles); Morphosis (Santa Monica, Calif.); Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects, PC (New York); and Randall Stout Architects, Inc. (Los Angeles).

When completed, the Broad Art Museum at MSU will be Hadid’s first building on a university campus and her second completed project in the United States.

“I am absolutely delighted to be building the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University,” Hadid said. “Art Museums are centres for the exchange of ideas, showcasing the art that feeds the cultural life of the community. I believe we can create buildings that evoke original experiences, inspire people and make them excited about new ideas. The sculptural folds of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum’s design and enigmatic qualities of its steel and glass surface follow a coherent formal logic, offering a sense of unlimited possibilities.”

The 41,000 square-foot building will comprise three levels, including a basement. It will be constructed of steel and concrete with an aluminium and glass exterior and be adjoined by an expansive outdoor sculpture garden to the east. The museum will stand on the corner of Grand River Avenue and Farm Lane at the Collingwood campus entrance.

The museum will include more than 18,000 square feet of space for the following collections: special exhibitions; modern and contemporary art; new media; photography; works on paper; and the permanent collection – encyclopaedic (pre-1945). Additional space will include an education centre, museum shop, visitor café and gathering space and staff offices.

Groundbreaking for the museum is planned for fall 2008 and completion of the project is expected in 2010.

Hadid, founding partner of Zaha Hadid Architects, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 and is internationally known for both her theoretical and academic work. In addition to the Pritzker Prize, her work has received numerous awards from the world’s most prestigious institutions, including the Mies van der Rohe Foundation of European Architecture; the American Institute of Architects; the Royal Institute of British Architects; the Royal Academy of Arts; the International Olympic Committee; the Austrian Commissions for Science and Art; Columbia University; and Yale University.

Some of Hadid’s best-known completed projects include the Vitra Fire Station and the LFone Pavilion in Weil am Rhein, Germany; the Mind Zone at the Millennium Dome, London; a tram station and car park in Strasbourg, France; a ski-jump and Nordpark Cable Railway in Innsbruck, Austria; the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, Ohio; the BMW Central Building in Leipzig, Germany; the Hotel Puerta America interior in Madrid, Spain; the Ordrupgaard Museum Extension in Copenhagen, Denmark; the Phaeno Science Center, Wolfsburg, Germany; and the Maggie’s Centre, Fife, Scotland.


Posted by Rose Etherington

Posted on Tuesday January 15th 2008 at 5:36 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

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  • bald skull

    would be interested in seeing the non-winning entries too…

  • I love it, It’s really Raelian.

  • yulisri

    never give up,,
    we like it,
    she’s connector of the parallel world,

  • kur0yi

    some more or rather less fancy pictures, a long advertising text and no real explainations. seems like shit to me. thank you for the link mariah, maybe that helps a bit.

  • razif

    yahooo …!!! it looks almost like ol project… but the study was about studying architect & implying her style to architecture … got an A. .. hahah

  • Morais

    Hadidn´t like it…!!!

  • Q

    Not so nice, eh?
    It looks more like something Liebeskind wsould do. Pretty messy. Although Zaha’s stuff has a lot of merit, this looks, sadly, like a first year studio project…

  • numstead

    The quote by Granholm is awful, this has nothing to do with Michigan’s economy, she’s an idiot.

    I agree with Q, Zaha had her C or D team on this one.

  • seanus

    Hmmm. No likey. It’s an art museum, so where are the shots of how this pleated shed will show the art? all the images focus on the folded skin… which will look soooo different from the shiny seamlessness illustrated in the glossy renderings when it’s built… like her other projects… D-

  • PT

    haha numstead,
    what’s your take on this viz. UMMA holmes? it’s not even /bad/ zaha. it’s like she didn’t even pay attention. it’s a pity i think. i wish the university had decided on something that at least pretended to be meaningful.

  • floyd landis

    What kind of art would look good in this train wreck? The building is screaming so loudly for attention that it would drowned out anything placed inside it. Ok, we get it, you’re super creative, now go draw something worth building.

  • bibo architect

    Thanks Mariayh.. i saw morphosis scheme before.. i thought its the winner.. can’t believe they chose that (….) scheme..

  • renee

    Agree with Bibo, the morphosis should have won.
    i think zaha is becoming a wallmart…okay a with bit more class

  • blocs

    messy, unresolved, an intern farted and they rendered it!

  • MDevrx

    Yeah, Zaha’s comment about the design sounds like a load of crap. The renderings are pretty awful and the building doesn’t appear to relate in any way to its surroundings. It’s a shame when starchitects think they can just plop some half thought out sculpural mass and think it speaks for itself.

    “Cool” materials and intricate patterning does not make good architecture.

    The renderings are horrendous.

  • lol its easy to say wrong words about such a great work i have visited that place and i can surely say this one is wud suit the best. Zaha Hadid is from one of the most finest architect around the globe. She aint making that stupid commercial design, her design shouts loudly that aren’t designed for lay men. i admire this design it is carrying some very diffrnt look that is giving life to its theme.