zaha hadid: eli and edythe broad art museum at MSU opens
nov 11, 2012
zaha hadid: eli and edythe broad art museum at MSU opens



eli and edythe broad art museum
image © paul warchol
courtesy MSU’s eli and edythe broad art museum

 


more than five years after philanthropist and michigan state university (MSU) alumnus eli broad pledged 28 million USD 
for a new art museum, the glass doors opened yesterday, on november 10th, 2012.
the 46,000-square-foot building features galleries for special exhibitions, modern and contemporary art, new media,
photography and works on paper, and is home to a study collection of more than 7,500 objects spanning the greek
and roman periods to modern art. the eli and edythe broad art museum is a project by zaha hadid and built by
construction manager barton malow co. of southfield. (see a video of the construction here)

 

 

eli and edythe broad art museum
image © paul warchol

courtesy MSU’s eli and edythe broad art museum

 

 

with its façade of pleated stainless steel and glass, it stands out against the historic red brick buildings on the
university’s north campus. the angles of the louver-type windows accentuate the unique angle of the building.
although the building may appear small, its interior is open and spacious. it has eight galleries and two floors.
the main gallery, on the northwest of the building, is stunning. the vertical window strips go from floor to
ceiling and are all slightly different shapes. as you gaze at the art, you are also looking out onto grand river
and east lansing. there appears to be no square corners in the building. each room is a different shape,
a different angle and different light.
there is an overabundance of windows and the glass is treated to provide natural light without being blinded,
but there are also many areas of the museum that have no windows. some galleries are window-free save
a tiny accent window sliver that provides just enough light to add texture to the room. there is a beguiling
floating staircase at the center of building and one huge elevator that serves as a people transporter and freight hauler.

at the opening ceremony, zaha hadid gave a short discourse on the logic of the building, talking about its role
as ‘a cultural facade and moderator of the university’, a bridge between city and campus, attuned to the flows
of people around it, reflecting them on its skin. some visitors stated that the museum ‘looks like being blown by a gust of wind’.

 

 

 


eli and edythe broad art museum
image © paul warchol
courtesy MSU’s eli and edythe broad art museum

 

 

video featuring the interior of the museum

 

one of the museum’s two opening exhibitions, ‘in search of time’, juxtaposing art from the broad collection with art from
the museum’s permanent collection. featured artists include damien hirst, andy warhol and salvador dali.
a second exhibition, ‘global groove 1973/2012′, investigates the origins and evolution of international video art.

 

 


museum walk-through visualization
video © zaha hadid

 

 

eli and edythe broad art museum
image © paul warchol
courtesy MSU’s eli and edythe broad art museum

 

various media reports a total cost of the project as between $40 and $45 million.
the museum is expected to attract somewhere between 125,000 to 150,000 annual visitors and pump 5.75 million USD
per year in new spending into the regional economy, an economic study predicts. the east lansing-based anderson
economic group projects that visitors to the museum will spend more than 2 million USD  for shopping,
entertainment and other retail; 1.4 million USD  for food and drink; 1.1 million USD for transportation-related expenses;
and 1.1 million USD for overnight accommodations.

 

 

eli and edythe broad art museum
image © paul warchol
courtesy MSU’s eli and edythe broad art museum

 

 


eli and edythe broad art museum
rendering by zaha hadid architects

 

 


site plan

 

 


floor plan / level 0

 

 


floor plan / level 1

 

 


floor plan / level -1

 

 


section

 

 


section

 

 


elevation

 

 


elevation

 

 


sill detail for openings


see more renderings of zaha hadid’s project in our article of 2009
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