Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
by Zaha Hadid Architects

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A museum of contemporary art designed by Zaha Hadid for Michigan State University opened to the public this weekend (+ slideshow).

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid

As shown in photographs revealed last monthZaha Hadid designed the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum with a pleated facade of stainless steel and glass that contrasts with the surrounding red brickwork of the university’s Collegiate Gothic north campus.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid

The building is named after philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, who have spent four decades amassing two prominent collections of contemporary and postwar artworks.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid

Exhibitions will be dedicated to modern art, photography, new media and works on paper.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid

Double-height galleries are included within the museum's 1600 square metres of exhibition space, which is split between three storeys that include two floors above ground and one basement level.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid

The plan of the building was generated by the directions of surrounding pathways and sight-lines, and the architects hope this will help the building to integrate with its surroundings. "Cultural engagement is paramount," said Zaha Hadid. "The design of the Broad invites dialogue with the university, the community of East Lansing and beyond."

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid

Hadid won a competition in 2008 to design the museum, which also contains an exhibition space, an education wing, study centre, cafe, shop and outdoor sculpture garden.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid

The museum's inaugural exhibitions include Global Groove 1973/2012, an exploration of current trends in video art, and In Search of Time, which investigates the relationship of time and memory in art.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid

See the competition-winning designs for the building in our earlier story, or see the first photographs of the building revealed last month.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid

See more stories about Zaha Hadid Architects, including the recently completed Galaxy Soho, a 330,000-square-metre retail, office and entertainment complex in Beijing.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid

Photography is by Iwan Baan.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid

Here's a project description from Zaha Hadid Architects:


The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, located at the northern edge of the Michigan State University campus, is influenced by a set of movement paths that traverse and border the site.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid

The vitality of street life on the northern side of Grand River Avenue and the historic heart of the university campus at the south side generate a network of paths and visual connections; some are part of the existing footpath layout, others create shortcuts between the city and the campus side of Grand River Avenue.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid

The circulation travelling in an east-west-direction on Grand River Avenue, along the main road of East Lansing and also on the main approach street to the campus produce an additional layer of connections that are applied to this highly frequented interface between city and campus.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid

Generating two dimensional planes from these lines of circulation and visual connections, the formal composition of the museum is achieved by folding these planes in three-dimensional space to define an interior landscape which brings together and negotiates the different pathways on which people move through and around the site.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid

This dialogue of interconnecting geometries describes a series of spaces that offer a variety of adjacencies; allowing many different interpretations when designing exhibitions.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid

Through this complexity, curators can interpret different leads and connections, different perspectives and relationships.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid

These detailed investigations and research into the landscape, topography and circulation of the site, enable us to ascertain and understand these critical lines of connection.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid

By using these lines to inform the design, the museum is truly embedded within its unique context of Michigan State University, maintaining the strongest relationship with its surroundings.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid

The Broad Art Museum presents as a sharp, directed body, comprising directional pleats which reflect the topographic and circulatory characteristics of its surrounding landscape.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid

Its outer skin echoes these different directions and orientations – giving the building an ever-changing appearance that arouses curiosity yet never quite reveals its content. This open character underlines the museum’s function as a cultural hub for the community.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid

Above: site plan - click above for larger image

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid

Above: basement plan - click above for larger image

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid

Above: ground floor plan - click above for larger image

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid

Above: first floor plan - click above for larger image

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid

Above: section A-A - click above for larger image

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid

Above: section B-B - click above for larger image

  • 1234

    It’s like the love child of a Libeskind building and the Heatherwick cooling vents in Paternoster Square.

  • gotzzzz

    This museum probably can be considered an art object itself, but it doesn’t seem to do a very good job of actually exhibiting art, at least in the spaces presented in these images.

    • kadap

      It dominates the art I’ve seen there. Awesome building though. Especially for mid-Michigan

  • LDWG

    It’s so busy, inside and outside. My eyes are sliced by razors.

  • Manu

    A Libeskind-style building by Hadid.

  • alberto

    I dont think it works, at least for a museum.

  • jimmy

    And just why are there no picures of the gallery spaces in this “art gallery”?

  • ansari

    Another ivory tower. How about its civic function as a place to exhibit art?

  • Andi

    This is an absolutely evil building. Costly to make, aggresive for the eyes and makes a mockery of the art. Just look at the way paintings are showcased in image seven. They are hung on a tilted wall so you can’t perceive them correctly.

  • bob bevis

    The interior photographs beautifully and I’m sure it’s impressive to be in as a people space, but it feels as though the architect was more involved with designing a ‘successful’ architectural statement rather than designing a space to successfully serve its purpose. The structure (as nice as it is) visually intrudes upon the 2D art (if there was a place to hang the 2D work it would intrude). I must say that perhaps the photos don’t show hanging space or perhaps the architect was thinking of art as being in 3D only.